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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 4, 2007

General Leslie Groves Day

Assistant Secretary Paula DeSutter of the Bureau of Verification, Compliance and Implementation and Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration Thomas D’Agostino will give opening remarks at a conference commemorating the leadership of General Leslie Groves as Director of the Manhattan Project during the Second World War. The conference will take place on December 5 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the George C. Marshall Auditorium at the Department of State.

Participants will include Robert S. Norris, author of Racing for the Bomb, who will provide a historical perspective on General Groves’ leadership of the Manhattan Project, and Atomic Heritage Foundation President Cynthia C. Kelly, who will moderate a panel discussion with Major Robert Furman (USA ret.), General Groves’ daughter Gwen Groves Robinson, and others on observations and personal accounts of the Manhattan Project. There will be a ceremony at the end of the morning session to dedicate a commemorative plaque that will be given to General Richard H. Groves in honor of his father and placed in General Groves’ office. In the afternoon session beginning at 2:00 p.m., speakers, including former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph, will focus on “Balancing Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Energy Demands and the Nonproliferation Treaty,” and “Nuclear Power’s Promise for the 21st Century.”

Remarks will be pooled for cameras and open for still photographers and writers.

Final access times: 9:15 a.m. (morning session) and 1:45 p.m. (afternoon session) at the 21st Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license or passport).


John Herzberg



Office of Press Relations

U.S. Department of State

(202) 647-2492


Released on December 4, 2007

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