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Expert in Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Weapons Safety, Nuclear Weapon Operations, and Nuclear Weapons Complex

Expert ID: 723885 California, USA

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Expert has participated in the design and development of nuclear weapons including new concepts and manufacturing processes. He has participated in many design reviews of weapon designs. He was a member of a Red Team that evaluated technology and status of the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile for the Annual Assessment Report that is signed by all three Nuclear Weapons Laboratories. This is part of a Congressional mandate that requires the National Laboratories to yearly certify the reliability and safety of the nuclear weapons stockpile to the President. He was a member of a Red Team that is evaluating the new nuclear weapon warhead designs that are being considered for the Reliable Replacement Warhead Program.

Expert was the LLNL representative on the Safety Evaluation for Dismantlement Project for nuclear weapon operations at the Pantex Plant. He was the Laboratory member on the NNSA Standing Management Team that coordinated production and dismantlement efforts at Pantex. He was the LLNL principal in developing the SS-21 (Seamless Safety for the 21st Century) process for Pantex weapon operations, and the more recent Integrated Safety Process. He was the LLNL Weapons Program representative in support of DNFSB Recommendations, specifically the 93-6 finding on maintaining weapon design technical competence.

Expert was part of a strategy team that made recommendations to NNSA on the complex of the future. This was in response to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board report on the Nuclear Weapons Complex Infrastructure (Overskei Report). He has knowledge of the policies of the US regarding nuclear weapons and potential new designs, and the NNSA plan to consolidate the complex by 2030. He has been active in special reviews of the UK Weapons Program upon their request and has some knowledge of other countries' weapons program.

Expert has helped develop concepts for a new nuclear arsenal that would replace the cold war weapon systems. He has briefed STRATCOM on a variety of issues with respect to potential nuclear strategies and developed a new concept of certification of nuclear weapons that would be much cheaper and use the multi-billion dollar investment made by NNSA on Stockpile Stewardship. He served as the Weapons Program representative for developing positions and options on a potential START III treaty. He was involved in assessing the future of Nuclear Weapons with respect to numbers and content in light of the new global threats, and has prepared and given briefings to the Department of Defense (STRATCOM).

Expert was appointed by the Lawrence Livermore National Lab Director as a Senior Scientific Advisor on the LLNL weapons accident response team. His responsibility was to act for the LLNL Director in a Nuclear Weapons accident and manage the LLNL emergency response team in the field. Expert also received extensive media training and has participated in many exercises both in the US and overseas.

Expert served as the Weapons Program Manager for all LLNL personnel assigned to the Pantex Plant. He assigned LLNL technical personnel to be responsible for the various working groups supporting NNSA dismantlement activities. He was responsible for the quality of LLNL designed equipment for
use at the Pantex Plant on Nuclear Weapon operations. He participated in extensive safety reviews with regard to nuclear explosive safety.

He was an advisor to a major Corporation that was bidding on the Nevada Test Site M&O Contract. He provided expertise to the bidding group on the interactions required between the M&O Contractor and the National Nuclear Laboratories. He participated in the preparation of the Key Individuals for the contract awards oral presentation.He was a member of a Red Team that evaluated technology and status of the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile for the Annual Assessment Report that is signed by all three Nuclear Weapons Laboratories. This is part of a Congressional mandate that requires the National Laboratories to yearly certify the reliability and safety of the nuclear weapons stockpile to the President.
He was part of a strategy team that made recommendation to NNSA on the complex of the future. This was in response to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board report on the Nuclear Weapons Complex Infrastructure (“Overskei” report).
He was a member of a Red Team that is evaluating the new nuclear weapon warhead designs that are being proposed for the Reliable Replacement Warhead Program

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1967 Degree: MS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Kansas State University
Year: 1965 Degree: BS Subject: Aeronautical Engineering Institution: University of Tulsa

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1967 to 2005 Employer: Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) Title: Nuclear Weapons Dismantlement Program Manager Department: Mechanical Engineerint/Multiiple Divisions Responsibilities: He was responsible for the LLNL program for the safe dismantlement of LLNL designed nuclear weapons.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2005 to 2007 Agency: Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration Role: Senior Advisor Description: He was a member of a Red Team that evaluated the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Annually for the President.

He was a strategy team member on the complex of the future.

He was a member of a Red Team that evaluated the new neuclear weapon warhead designs for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW).
Years: 1992 to 2005 Agency: Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration Role: Program Leader/Senior Staff Description: He was the LLNL representative for the Safety Evaluation for Dismantlement of nuclear weapon operations at the Pantex Plant.

He was the Laboratory representative on the NNSA Standing Management Team for dismantlement at Pantex.

He was the LLNL principal in developing the Seamless Safety for the 21st century process for Pantex weapon operations.

He was responsible for management and devleopment of Work for Other (WFO) funds (~30M$/yr.) from NNSA NA-12.

He participated in internal Weapon System design reviews.

He was the Weapons Program representative in responding to the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board

He was active in special reviews of the UK Weapons Program upon their request.

He served as the Weapons Program manager for all LLNL personnel assigned to the Pantex Plant.

He assigned LLNL technical personnel to be responsible for the various working groups supporting NNSA dismantlement activities.

He was responsible for the quality of LLNL-designed equipment for use at the Pantex Plant on Nuclear Weapon operations.

He participate in extensive safety reviews with regard to nuclear explosive safety.

He served as the Weapons Program representative for developing positions and options on a potential START III treaty.

He was appointed by the Laboratore Director as a Senior Scientific Advisor on the LLNL accident weapons response team.

He was part of a team that assessed the future of Nuclear Weapons with respect to numbers and content in light of the new global threats.
Years: 1985 to 1992 Agency: Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration Role: Facilities Manager Description: He served as the point of contact for all major facilities funded at LLNL by the DOE, Office of Military Applications. Activities.
Years: 1967 to 1985 Agency: Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration/ERDA/Atomic Energy Agency Role: Special Assistant/Operations Manager/Group Leader/Nuclear Test Engineer Description: He was a Special Assistant to the Deputy Director to organize his newly appointed indirect program responsibilities.

He was the Operations/Financial manager of the Laser Isotope Separation Program.

He was the group leader for engineers in the Inorganic Materials Division of Chimistry on tritium and Coal Gasificaation.

He designed and fielded test weapons at the Nevada Test Site.

He was a design engineer for containment systems for undergroung nuclear tests.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1992 to 2005 Country / Region: United Kingdom Summary: He participated in exchanges with AWE/Uk on Nuclear Weapons designs and Safety.
Years: 1996 to 2005 Country / Region: France Summary: He participated in exchanges with France on technical issues associated with nuclear weapons.
Years: 2000 to 2005 Country / Region: Former Soviet Union Summary: He was part of the first exchange with the FSU on the safety of dismantlement of nuclear weapons, and presented two papers.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Past President of Local Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Past President of Local Chapter of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Licenses / Certifications
Current U.S. Department of Energy “Q” clearance.
Human Reliability Program Certification.
Awards / Recognition
He reveived a Weapons Recognition of Excellence award from NNSA for Technical Excellence in Weapons Engineering. This is the highest award the NNSA gives to its contractors and NNSA personnel.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has multiple publications and briefings (Mostly Classified) and Two Patents.

Fields of Expertise

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