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Richard Danzig

Richard Jeffrey Danzig (born September 8, 1944) is an American lawyer who served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy under President Bill Clinton. He is currently an advisor to President Barack Obama.



Danzig was born in New York City, attended the Bronx High School of Science, received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Upon his graduation from law school, Danzig served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Byron White.


Between 1972 and 1977, Danzig taught contract law at Stanford and Harvard Universities. He also was awarded a Prize Fellowship of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. From 1977 to 1981, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, first as a Deputy Assistant Secretary and then as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics. In 1981, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award.

Danzig gives his keynote speech at the Red Herring annual innovation conference, in Carlsbad, California on October 30, 2000.

Washington, D.C. years

From 1981 to 1993, Danzig was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm Latham & Watkins. He served as Deputy Chair of the firm's International Practice Group, and also as Director of its Japan Group. He was also a Director of the National Semiconductor Corporation, a Trustee of Reed College, and interim Director of Litigation and then Vice Chairman of the International Human Rights Law Group. During this time, Mr. Danzig was co-author, with the distinguished policy analyst Peter Szanton, of the book, National Service: What Would It Mean?

A decade before, Szanton had been head of the New York office of the Rand Corporation when Danzig came to that office as a law student. The book which Danzig and Szanton co-authored helped shape America's current civilian National Service system.

Danzig was sworn in as the 71st Secretary of the Navy on November 16, 1998. He served as Under Secretary of the Navy between November 1993 and May 1997. In the period between these two jobs, he and his wife, Andrea, lived in Asia and Europe while Danzig served as a Traveling Fellow of the Center for International Political Economy and as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Richard Danzig has two adult children, David and Lisa. He is currently a defense policy advisor to President Barack Obama.

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Government offices
Preceded by
J. Daniel Howard
Under Secretary of the Navy
November 29, 1993 – May 30, 1997
Succeeded by
Jerry MacArthur Hultin
Preceded by
John H. Dalton
United States Secretary of the Navy
November 16, 1998 – January 20, 2001
Succeeded by
Robert B. Pirie, Jr. (acting)


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