The FINANCIAL — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement on President-elect Barack Obama's selection of General James L. Jones (Ret.), president and CEO of the Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy, as National Security Advisor:
"General Jones is an outstanding choice to serve as President Obama's National Security Advisor. In these difficult times—as the country wages wars on two fronts and grapples with global terrorism—he is the right man for the job. His deep knowledge of global military, economic, and geopolitical affairs will serve President Obama—and the entire country—well.
"We know General Jones will be a strong and effective advocate for energy security, global engagement, and transatlantic cooperation—issues of tremendous importance to the business community. He understands the important role of global commerce, is a natural consensus builder, an honest broker, and deeply knowledgeable of foreign affairs.
"As soldier, statesman, and diplomat, General Jones has dedicated his life to advancing the goals, aspirations, and security of the United States of America. While we will miss his outstanding leadership of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, we are not surprised that he is willing to make the family sacrifices to once again answer his country's call to duty. He has our gratitude, respect, and best wishes for every success in his new position."
The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy is to unify policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and the American public behind a common sense energy strategy to help keep America secure, prosperous, and clean. Through policy development, education, and advocacy, the Institute is building support for meaningful energy action at the local, state, national, and international levels.