President Clinton names Dr. Hans Mark as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (10/13/00)
THE WHITE HOUSE

                         Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release
October 13, 2000

 PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DR. HANS MARK AS ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
             FOR NUCLEAR, CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE PROGRAMS

     The President today announced his intent to nominate Dr. Hans Mark as
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological
Defense Programs.

     Dr. Hans Mark, of Austin, Texas, is currently the Director of Defense
Research and Engineering and will continue to serve in that capacity.  Prior to
that, he was a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at
the University of Texas at Austin. From 1984 to 1992, Dr. Mark served as
Chancellor of the University of Texas System.  Prior to joining the University
of Texas in 1984, Dr. Mark was the Deputy Administrator of NASA, having been
appointed to that position in March 1981 by President Reagan.  He was Secretary
of the Air Force from April 1979 to February 1981 and Under Secretary of the Air
Force from April 1977 to April 1979.  Before coming to Washington he was the
director of the NASA-Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California from 1969
to 1977.

     Dr. Mark received an A.B. degree in physics from the University of
California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology.

     The Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and
Biological Defense Programs is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the
Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for
Acquisition and Technology for all matters concerning the formulation of policy
and plans for nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

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