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Former CIA Director to kick off INL National Security Speaker Series

Former CIA Director James Woolsey

Former CIA Director James Woolsey speaks to INEEL employees and Southeast Idaho area professionals during the INEEL's inaugural National Security Seminar Series.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory will be launching its National Security Seminar Series with a presentation by James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Woolsey will be addressing an invited audience at University Place in Idaho Falls, Idaho on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.

National security has been a key mission at the INEEL since its inception. The events of 9/11, however, have catapulted INEEL national and homeland security programs into national and international prominence. The Seminar Series is intended to bring important speakers to Eastern Idaho to address issues of global importance and create a dialogue among laboratory scientists and area professionals.

Mr. Woolsey will be available for media interviews at University Place on Aug. 5 from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

R. James Woolsey joined Booz Allen Hamilton in July 2002 as a Vice President and officer in the firm's Global Resilience practice, located in McLean, Va. Previously, Mr. Woolsey served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

During his 12 years of government service, Mr. Woolsey was: Director of Central Intelligence from 1993 to 1995; Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989-1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977-1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970-1973. He was also appointed by the President as Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST), and served in that capacity on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983-1986. As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969-1970.

Mr. Woolsey is currently Chairman of the Board of Freedom House, Chairman of the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. He also serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy. Previously, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University, the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation, and the Aerospace Corporation. He has also been a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, 1999-2000; the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), 1998; the President's Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, 1989; the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985-1986; and the President's Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission), 1983.

Mr. Woolsey is presently a principal in the Homeland Security Fund of Paladin Capital Group and a member of the board of directors of three privately held companies, in fields related to infrastructure protection, resilience and security. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Options, LLC. He has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of other publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security, including Martin Marietta; British Aerospace, Inc.; Fairchild Industries; Yurie Systems, Inc.; and USF&G.

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