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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 137-96
March 15, 1996

DIRECTOR OF DEFENSE INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE NAMED

Secretary of Defense William Perry has named Margaret R. Munson as the new director of the Defense Investigative Service. She replaces John F. Donnelly who retired from federal service on March 1, 1996.

Munson has held significant positions in both the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Most recently she was the acting director for Counterintelligence and Security Programs in the office of the assistant secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I). Previously she served as the acting director of Planning and Administration and chief of Data Base Management in the Defense Intelligence Agency. In 1991, she was selected by the assistant secretary of Defense (C3I) to organize and manage a special Department of Defense office to assist the work of the Senate Select Committee on Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Affairs.

Munson attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. and the University of Madrid in Spain, receiving a bachelor of arts degree. She has a master of science degree in Administration (Information Systems Technology) from George Washington University and is a graduate of the National War College.

The new director has been recognized with the DIA Director's Award for Exceptional Civilian Service (1988); the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service (1992); the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award (1995); and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive (1995).

The Defense Investigative Service is responsible for personnel security investigations within the Department of Defense and managing the defense portion of the national security industrial program.