Fritz Ermarth

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Fritz Ermarth
Chair of the National Intelligence Council
In office
PresidentRonald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded byFrank Horton III
Succeeded byJoseph Nye
Personal details
Born (1941-02-20) February 20, 1941 (age 83)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 19, 2022
EducationWittenberg University (BA)
Harvard University (MA)

Fritz W. Ermarth has been the Director of National Security Programs at the Nixon Center since 2002.[1] He is also a part-time senior analyst for the Strategies Group at Science Applications International Corporation.

Ermarth worked for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 until 1998,[2] serving as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, as National Intelligence Officer for the USSR and East Europe and Director of the Strategic Evaluation Center. He has received both the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Ermarth also served as Special Assistant to the President during the Ronald Reagan's presidency, as well as Senior Director of Soviet and European Affairs.[1]

Following the 1990s looting of Russia, he stated "We have outright criminals at one end, but at the other end we call them statesmen."[3]

Ermarth died on January 19, 2022.


  1. ^ a b "Former National Intelligence Council Chairman Joins Nixon Center; Ermarth to Study Nuclear Strategy and Modernization". The Nixon Center. October 5, 2002. Archived from the original on January 9, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2007.
  2. ^ "Fritz Ermarth". In The National Interest. Retrieved January 19, 2007.
  3. ^ Kaplan, David (August 30, 1999). When the Russian mob feels the need to wash: Money laundering marks a nation's looting. US News. Retrieved June 10, 2021.


Government offices
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