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John Hamre

Hamre answering questions at a 1999 press conference

In office
July 1997 – March 2000
Preceded by John P. White
Succeeded by Rudy de Leon

Born July 3, 1950 (1950-07-03) (age 59)
Watertown, South Dakota
Nationality United States
Political party Republican party (United States)
Spouse(s) Julia Pfanstiehl, since September 4, 1976
Residence Bethesda, Maryland
Alma mater Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Harvard Divinity School
Augustana College
Religion Lutheran
home town Willow Lake, South Dakota

John J. Hamre (born July 3, 1950 in Watertown, South Dakota) is a specialist in international studies, a former Washington bureaucrat and the current president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a position he has held with that think tank since April 2000.



Hamre is the son of Melvin Sanders and Ruth Lucile (Larson) Hamre. He earned a B.A. (with high distinction) in political science and economics from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (1972).[2] The following year he was a Rockefeller Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He earned an M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1978) with distinction from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.[2][5]

Government service

Hamre served in the Congressional Budget Office (1978–1984), where he became its deputy assistant director for national security and international affairs. In that position, he oversaw analysis and other support for committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. In the 1980s, he worked for ten years at the Senate Armed Services Committee.[1] During that time, he was primarily responsible for the oversight and evaluation of procurement, research and development programs, defense budget issues, and relations with the Senate Appropriations Committee.[5]

Hamre was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (1993–1997) and Deputy Secretary of Defense (1997–1999), both under President Bill Clinton.[1][5]

The Senate appointed Hamre (2001) to the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry.[6]

Dr. Hamre worked on the Obama transition team. He is chairman of the Defense Policy Board.[4][6]


He donated to the Democratic National Committee ($9500 1994–2004 and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ($500 2000–2001). He was also a donor to Democrats Carl Levin of Michigan ($750 2002 & 2007), John Murtha of Pennsylvania ($1000 2008), Tom Daschle of South Dakota ($2000 2003–2004). He made a campaign contribution to Republicans Richard Lugar of Indiana ($1000 2004) and Timothy C. Woodcock of Maine ($250 2002).[7]


In 2008, the Norwegian King Harald V appointed Hamre Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for his efforts "to promote collaboration between Norwegian and American politicians, authorities and researchers".[8]

Publications (partial list)


  1. ^ a b c "John J. Hamre." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. Document Number: K2013019745. Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library.
  2. ^ Gertz, Bill (February 9, 1998). "John Hamre, choirboy". National Review. Retrieved 2009-11-10.  
  3. ^ a b Baker, Peter (November 18, 2008). "The New Team - John J. Hamre". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-10.  
  4. ^ a b c "John J. Hamre Center for Strategic and International Studies". Center for Strategic and International Studies. Retrieved 2009-11-10.  
  5. ^ a b "President Obama Appointee Profile - John Hamre". Military Families United. January 23, 2009. pp. 3–7. Retrieved 2009-11-10.  
  6. ^ "OpenSecrets Donor Lookup: Find Individual and Soft Money Contributors". Center for Responsive Politics. November 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-10.  
  7. ^ "John Hamre Appointed Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-08.  
Government offices
Preceded by
John P. White
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
Succeeded by
Rudy de Leon


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