Krongard honored for service as executive director of the CIA

October 14, 2004|By SUN NATIONAL STAFF

WASHINGTON - A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, the former Baltimore investment banker, was given the CIA's highest award for leadership yesterday for his 3 1/2 years of service as the agency's executive director.

Krongard drew praise at the late-afternoon ceremony for such achievements as helping to create the Terrorist Threat Integration Center - which draws expertise from the entire intelligence community, including the FBI - and championing better information-sharing between agency operatives and analysts.

"Buzzy can be tough - but always with reason," Deputy Director John E. McLaughlin said in presenting the award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He said Krongard had "no time for sloppiness, cut corners and waste."

Krongard lost his job in a recent shake-up of top officials after Porter J. Goss, a former Republican congressman from Florida, was appointed director of central intelligence. Krongard said last week that his plans are uncertain.

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