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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 313-95
October 25, 1995

No. 313-P:10/25/95:The Department of Defense will sponsor i

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 counterproliferation.

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.