Richard Clark is a visiting adjunct fellow at FDD, focused on national security infrastructure in the U.S. Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He previously served as special assistant and press secretary to the president at the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) from 2018 to 2023. Richard first served President Peter M. Christian and was reappointed by President David W. Panuelo, serving through the whole of the latter’s administration. Richard worked with President Panuelo to initiate both the Cybersecurity & Intelligence Bureau (CSIB), embedded within the Department of Justice, and the FSM Information & Intelligence Service (IIS), embedded within the Office of the President. He is consulting on Cleo Paskal’s FDD project on national security infrastructure in the U.S. Freely Associated States.