THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (St. Paul, Minnesota) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release May 4, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES GENERAL JOHN A. GORDON, USAF AS UNDER SECRETARY FOR NUCLEAR SECURITY AND ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The President today announced the nomination of General John A. Gordon, U.S. Air Force, to serve as Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Security Administration at the Department of Energy.
General Gordon, of Washington, D.C., is currently the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency. He entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1968. He was a long-range planner at Strategic Air Command and served with the U.S. State Department in politico-military affairs. General Gordon has also worked at Sandia National Laboratories on Air Force weapon systems, commanded a strategic ICBM Wing, and served with the National Security Council in the areas of defense and arms control including the oversight and completion of the START II negotiations. Before assuming his current position, General Gordon served as Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support at the Central Intelligence Agency.
General Gordon received a B.S. degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a M.S. degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He also earned a M.B.A. degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Under Secretary for Nuclear Security serves as the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration under Section 3202 the Department of Energy Organization Act. This individual is responsible for carrying out the national nuclear security responsibilities of the Department of Energy, which include maintaining safe, secure, and reliable stockpile of nuclear weapons and associated materials, capabilities, and technologies. The Administrator is responsible for promoting international nuclear safety and nonproliferation as well as the administration and management of the naval nuclear propulsion program at the Department of Energy.