The Department of Defense will sponsor its second annual Counterproliferation
Conference for leaders in the national security community at the National
Defense University, Washington, D.C., on October 26-27, 1995. This conference,
sponsored as part of DoD Counterproliferation Program initiative, provides an
important forum for exchanging information and addressing options for meeting
the threat to US interests and international security posed by the spread of
biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.
Conference activities on October 26th will be closed to the media and will
address detailed aspects of threats from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and
the measures to counter them. The afternoon session on October 27th will also
be closed as participants focus on the operational aspects of
The morning session on October 27th, from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. EDT, will be open
to media and will feature an overview of the first day's topics, plus a series
of distinguished speakers. Those making remarks include Director of Central
Intelligence John Deutch; Deputy Secretary of Defense John White; Under
Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul Kaminski; and and Dr.
Harold Smith, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy.
Following the morning session, at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Harold Smith will hold a news
conference to address media questions about the two-day conference. Media
interested in attending the morning session or the news conference should
advise Lt. Col. Donna Pastor at (703)697-5131. Both the morning session and
the news conference will be held in Baruch Auditorium in Eisenhower Hall,
Building 59, Ft. McNair (directions from will be are marked). Attendees must
have valid press credentials for registration.