Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has taken a job as a consultant for BBC News.

The Republican who served as senator from Maine before being tapped to serve as defense secretary under Democratic President Bill Clinton will serve as a world affairs analyst for broadcasts including the Washington-based BBC World News America.

Cohen’s office confirmed the appointment. He was traveling Thursday and had no immediate comment.

The Bangor native and Bowdoin College alumnus retired from 31 years of public service in 2001. He currently heads a consulting group called The Cohen Group.