David Abshire is President of the Center of the Study of the Presidency in Washington, DC. He also holds the position of President at the Richard Lounsberry Foundation in New York. In 1962, Abshire co-founded the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) with Admiral Arleigh Burke. Abshire served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations from 1970-1973. From 1975-1977, he served as Chairman of the US Board for International Broadcasting. During the transition of government in 1980, he was asked by President-elect Reagan to head the National Security Group, which included the Department of Defense and the Department of State, the US Information Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Abshire also served as Special Counselor to President Reagan and was the US Ambassador to NATO from 1983-1987. Abshire has authored six books. His most recent work, Saving the Reagan Presidency: Trust is the Coin of the Realm, was published in 2005. Abshire received his doctorate in history with honors from Georgetown University. He is a 1951 graduate of West Point.