FORA.tv Speaker - William S. Cohen
Secretary William S. Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group, a strategic business consulting firm based in Washington, DC.
Secretary Cohen served as the 20th U.S. Secretary of Defense, from January 1997 to January 2001, where he oversaw the largest organization in the U.S. with a budget of $300 billion and three million military and civilian personnel.
As a three-term United States Senator (1979 to 1997), he was a recognized expert on defense and international issues, health care, and government procurement. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms (1973 to 1979), and as mayor of Bangor, Maine (1971 to 1972).
Secretary Cohen was born in Bangor, Maine and received a B.A. in Latin from Bowdoin College (1962), and a law degree from Boston University Law School (1965).
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