Woolsey joins McCain camp as security adviser

James Woolsey, who served as CIA director under President Clinton, is endorsing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president and will serve as national security and energy adviser, the campaign announced Monday.

“John McCain has the resolve to push for advanced technologies that will lead to greater energy independence for America,” Woolsey said. “As president, he will foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the diversification of our energy supply.”

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Woolsey served in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1995 and currently is a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy.

Joining him on McCain’s national security and energy team will be James Schlesinger, the country’s first secretary of energy and a secretary of defense for President Nixon and President Ford.

“America’s dependence on foreign oil is a critical issue of national security,” Schlesinger said. “John McCain is a leader with the character and credibility to ensure that our nation’s safety and prosperity does not rest in the hands of hostile regimes.”

The Arizona senator also received the endorsement of Robert McFarlane, who served as national security adviser under President Reagan.

“These individuals are recognized and respected for their seriousness and leadership on the important security issues confronting our nation,” McCain said. “I am honored to have their support, and I look forward to working with them to develop innovative policies that move America forward.”

McCain is scheduled to deliver a major energy policy speech Monday.