President Donald Trump has nominated an under secretary for nuclear security in the U.S. Department of Energy, a position that includes serving as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge is an NNSA site.
The nomination of Lisa Gordon-Hagerty was announced by the White House on Monday, December 11.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gordon-Hagerty would replace Frank G. Klotz, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general who was confirmed by the Senate on April 8, 2014.
Gordon-Hagerty, of Virginia, is president of Tier Tech International Inc., a national security consulting company. She also serves as president of LEG Inc., providing strategic advice and counsel in domestic and national security issues, the White House said.
Gordon-Hagerty was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer of USEC Inc. She was a member of the White House National Security Council staff for more than five years, serving as the director for combating terrorism under former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, The Hill said.
Gordon-Hagerty previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy’s director of the Office of Emergency Response, and as acting director of the Office of Nuclear Weapons Surety.
Before that, she was a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The Hill reported that Gordon-Hagerty’s confirmation process is likely to go smoothly because she has an impressive list of past government jobs.
The Hill said Energy Secretary Rick Perry in January initially asked Klotz to step down without a plan to replace him, but pulled back on the decision after significant blowback.
The White House said Gordon-Hagerty began her professional career as a health physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
She earned a master’s degree in health physics and a bachelor’s degree, both from the University of Michigan.
The NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within DOE, and its missions include maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, reducing the global danger from the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials, providing the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion, and providing the nation with an effective nuclear counterterrorism and incident response capability.
The NNSA sites include:
- Kansas City National Security Campus
- Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Nevada National Security Site
- Pantex Plant
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Savannah River Site
- Y-12 National Security Complex
- Albuquerque Complex
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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