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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 26, 1999
                     STATEMENT BY WARREN B. RUDMAN, 

In response to the President's request for the PFIAB to undertake a review of the security and counterintelligence threat to the Department of Energy's weapons labs, I am pleased to announce that I have asked PFIAB Members Ms. Ann Caracristi and Dr. Sidney Drell to join me on a special panel of the Board to conduct this inquiry. In addition, the President recently has announced his intent to appoint Mr. Stephen Friedman to the PFIAB, and I intend to ask Mr. Friedman to become a panel member immediately upon his appointment.

Ms. Caracristi, an esteemed intelligence veteran, was Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1980 to 1982. Since retiring from federal service, she has served on several commissions, boards and committees on national security matters, including: the Joint DCI/Secretary of Defense Security Commission; the DCI Task Force on Intelligence Community Training, which she chaired; and the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the US Intelligence Community. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Joint Military Intelligence College and as a Consultant to the NSA Scientific Board. Ms. Caracristi also sits on the Intelligence Oversight Board, a standing committee of the PFIAB that advises the President on the legality of US foreign intelligence activities.

Dr. Drell, a world-renowned physicist and arms control specialist, is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the Stanford University Linear Accelerator Center and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University. He had been Deputy Director of the Center until last year, when he retired. An authoritative lecturer and author, Dr. Drell has received numerous high awards and honors, both nationally and internationally, for his scholarship, research and public service. A former Chairman of the University of California President's Council on the National Laboratories, he has been for years a highly valued advisor to the White House and Congress on nuclear matters.

Mr. Friedman, a highly-respected and successful businessman, was for years a General Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co., and retired as its Chairman in 1994. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Mr. Friedman served on the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the US Intelligence Community and on the Jeremiah Panel, which reviewed the National Reconnaissance Office. He currently is a Senior Principal of Marsh & McLennan Capital, Inc.

Dr. Drell and Ms. Caracristi have been members of the PFIAB since 1993. Both have actively participated in Board inquiries on a broad spectrum of sensitive national security issues. Their efforts have contributed substantially to the Board's long tradition of dedicated, nonpartisan service. They and Mr. Friedman will bring an immense amount of expertise, integrity and objectivity to the critical task assigned to us by the President.