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Frank Carlucci

Frank Carlucci at a 1988 press conference.

In office
November 23, 1987 – January 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Deputy William Howard Taft IV
Preceded by Caspar Weinberger
Succeeded by Dick Cheney

In office
December 2, 1986 – November 23, 1987
President Ronald Reagan
Deputy Peter Rodman
Preceded by John M. Poindexter
Succeeded by Colin Powell

In office
1981 - 1983
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
Succeeded by W. Paul Thayer

In office
February 1978 – February 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded by John Francis Blake
Succeeded by Bobby Ray Inman

In office
1971 - 1972
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Donald Rumsfeld
Succeeded by Philip V. Sanchez

Born October 18, 1930 (1930-10-18) (age 79)
Scranton, PA, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Princeton University
Harvard Business School
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1952-1954

Frank Charles Carlucci III (born October 18, 1930) is a former government official in the United States, associated with the Republican Party. He was United States Secretary of Defense from 1987 until 1989.


Early career

Carlucci was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wyoming Seminary in 1948 and Princeton University in 1952, where he roomed with Donald Rumsfeld, and attended Harvard Business School in 1954-55. He was a Naval officer from 1952-54. He joined the Foreign Service, working for the State Department from 1956 until 1969. In 1961 he participated in a CIA mission to Congo, in which he helped to rescue US citizens from mobs.

According to James Schlesinger, following the death of Patrice Lumumba, the new Prime Minister of the Congo, Cyrille Adoula, began a meeting with President John F. Kennedy with the question "Ou est Carlucci?" (Where is Carlucci?), who first responded "Who the hell is Carlucci?'" and then sent Dean Rusk to find him.[1]

In the year 2000, a film called Lumumba portrayed him as being involved during his service in Congo in the murder of Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba. Carlucci furiously denied the charges, and successfully went to court to prevent being named in the film when it was released in the United States.


During the early 1970s Rumsfeld became Mr. Carlucci's protégé as Mr. Carlucci showed him the ropes. Carlucci was Undersecretary of Health, Education and Welfare when Caspar Weinberger was secretary during the Nixon administration. Carlucci became Ambassador to Portugal, and served in this position from 1974 until 1977. He is still very fondly remembered in Portugal among the winners of the November 25 Coup d'État [1]. Carlucci was Deputy Director of the CIA from 1978-1981, under CIA Director Stansfield Turner. Carlucci was deputy defense secretary from 1981 until 1983 [2], national security advisor from 1986 until 1987, and defense secretary in 1987, following the resignation of Weinberger, his nomination by President Ronald Reagan and his confirmation in the Senate by a vote of 91 to 1. He was reportedly less hard-line in policies toward the Soviet Union than Weinberger.

On January 5, 2006, he participated in a meeting at the White House of former Secretaries of Defense and State to discuss United States foreign policy with Bush administration officials.

Post-Administration work



Carlucci served as chairman of the Carlyle Group from 1992-2003, and chairman emeritus until 2005. He also has business interests in the following companies: General Dynamics, Westinghouse, Ashland Oil, Neurogen, CB Commercial Real Estate, Nortel, BDM International, Quaker Oats, and Kaman. Carlucci is Chairman of Envion USA, and former director of Wackenhut. He is a senior member of the Frontier Group, a private equity investment firm founded by Sanford McDonnell and David Robb. Carlucci is an Advisory board member of G2 Satellite Solutions and the Chairman Emeritus of Nortel Networks


He is affiliated with the Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, a neo-conservative thinktank.He formerly sat on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Policy Council. He is Chairman Emeritus of the US-Taiwan Business Council [3]. Carlucci is a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation and founding co-chair of the Advisory Board for RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy.


  1. ^ Shorrock, Tim (March 14, 2002). "Company Man". The Nation. Retrieved May 3, 2009.  

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Government offices
Preceded by
Donald Rumsfeld
Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity
Succeeded by
Philip V. Sanchez
Preceded by
Enno Henry Knoche
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Succeeded by
Bobby Ray Inman
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Poindexter
United States National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Colin Powell
Political offices
Preceded by
W. Graham Claytor Jr.
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
Succeeded by
W. Paul Thayer
Preceded by
Caspar W. Weinberger
United States Secretary of Defense
Served under: Ronald Reagan

Succeeded by
Dick Cheney


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