Peter Flory

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Peter Cyril Wyche Flory was appointed as an assistant secretary of defense on August 2, 2005, by President George W. Bush in a recess appointment. Flory replaces J.D. Crouch, "who left more than a year ago to take another position." [1]


According to the Associated Press, "Flory was first nominated to the post on June 1, 2004, but the nomination was blocked by Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a dispute over release of intelligence-related documents that Levin sought from Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy.

"Flory has been the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. His new assignment is as the assistant secretary of defense for international security policy. ...

"Flory was re-nominated by Bush in January 2005, at the start of the new Congress, but Levin continued to block it. The Senate Armed Services Committee reported the nomination to the full Senate last Thursday. A Pentagon spokesman, Bryan Whitman, said Levin blocked consideration of the nomination by the full Senate.

"'The Senate has had ample time to consider his nomination and hold an up or down vote,' Whitman said. 'This is an individual that is well qualified for this position, it's an important policy position. We're a nation at war. We're fully engaged in that effort.'" [2]


"Peter Flory practiced law at Hughes Hubbard's Washington, D.C. office from 1993 to 1997, leaving to become Chief Investigative Counsel and Special Counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, he served as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Paul D. Wolfowitz, from 1989 to 1992, and as an Associate Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State from 1992 to 1993. In July 2001, Peter left the Senate to become Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs." --Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

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