Nunn, Sam

1979 TLS as Georgia US Senator, unable to address the US Army War College National Security Seminar, hopes for a future visit

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Samuel A. “Sam” Nunn Jr. (b. 1938) Lawyer, Eagle Scout, Georgia politician, grandnephew of Carl Vinson, and US Senator (D) 1972-97. He is now co-chairman of the Nuclear threat Initiative (NTI), working to prevent catastrophic nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare weapon attacks. Graduate of Emory University (1960) and Emory University School of Law (1962), served with US Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve. In the Senate, Nunn was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served on the Intelligence and Small Business Committees. His legislative achievements include the landmark Department of Defense Reorganization Act, drafted with Senator Barry Goldwater, and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program which assisted Russia and former Soviet republics to secure and destroy their excess nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, which deactivated 7,600+ nuclear warheads. Overall, Nunn was a moderate-conservative Democrat who often broke with his party on social and economic issues. He opposed the 1993 budget bill which would have raised taxes to reduce the budget deficit. He neither supported nor opposed Hillary Clinton’s attempt to establish universal health care, but spoke out strongly against the proposed insurance mandate. He actively worked to block President Clinton’s proposal to allow gays to openly serve in the military but endorsed a 2008 Pentagon study to examine the issue. He voted for school prayer, capping punitive damage awards, amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget, and limiting death penalty appeals. He was more liberal on abortion, gun control, the environment, and affirmative action and consistently voted in favor of increased immigration. A most controversial vote was against the Gulf War. In Sept. 1994, Nunn, Jimmy Carter, and Colin Powell were successfully sent by President Clinton to go to Haiti to force the departure of its military dictator and restore democratic rule. Nunn founded NTI in 2001 and served as co-chairman and CEO to June 2017, when he became co-chairman with Ted Turner and Ernest J. Moniz. He is a distinguished professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, hosting the biennial Sam Nunn Policy Forum and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. He is a Member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, uniting leading experts on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, materials and delivery vehicles. TLS “Sam” on 10 1/4 x 8 US Senate letterhead, Washington, March 13 1979, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith, Commandant, US Army War College. Senator Nunn thanks General Smith for the invitation to address the National Security Seminar in June. However, due to pressures of a heavy Senate schedule and other commitments in Georgia and Washington that week, he is unable to accept. In an ANS postscript, he states his wish that he could make it and hopes to visit at a point in the future. DeWITT C. SMITH, JR. (1920-1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. In 1942, he joined the US Army and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. He was wounded 3 times and awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged in 1946, he returned to active duty for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion executive officer and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He commanded a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry Div. in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

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