Thomas Pickering (U.S. Ambassador, retired) is vice chairman of the consulting firm Hills & Company. He is the former senior vice president for international relations at the Boeing Company, a position he assumed in January 2001 upon his retirement as U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs. Ambassador Pickering held the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. From 1989 to 1993, he served as ambassador to the United Nations. His service in the U.S. government began in 1956 in the U.S. Navy. On active duty until 1959, he later served in the Naval Reserve to the grade of lieutenant commander. Between 1959 and 1961, he served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the State Department, and in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Ambassador Pickering previously served on the National Academies’ Policy and Global Affairs Committee.

Kim Savit is currently a consultant for the Intelligence, Security and Technology Group of SAIC. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Korbel Graduate School of International Studies. Ms. Savit retired in May 2006 from her position as the senior professional staff member for the Middle East, Central and South Asia on the Majority Staff of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Savit served in the State Department as the deputy coordinator for security and law enforcement assistance to Europe and Eurasia (Acting, 2002-2003) and as the director for security and law enforcement assistance to the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union (1995-2002). Ms. Savit held many positions in DOD, including director of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and country desk officer for Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Iran, and Iraq in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Near East and South Asian Affairs Bureau.

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