National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA leader receives Flemming Award for exceptional contributions to national security

May 31, 2017

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Sarah Dickerson, director of NNSA’s Nuclear Material Removals program and recipient of the 2016 Arthur S. Flemming Award for Leadership and Management.

The director of NNSA’s Nuclear Material Removals program received the 2016 Arthur S. Flemming Award for Leadership and Management in a ceremony at George Washington University May 24.

Sarah Dickerson leads one of the nation's pre-eminent national security programs. She managed operations to remove or dispose of more than 6,000 kilograms of weapons-usable nuclear material around the world, enough for more than 240 weapons. In 2016, Dickerson's efforts resulted in the single largest removal campaign, with more than 500 kilograms of highly enriched uranium and plutonium shipped from Japan to the United States.

“Under her leadership, the Department (of Energy) has contributed to a major international effort to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism and proliferation by removing or disposing of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, attractive and portable materials that are needed to construct an improvised nuclear device,” said David G. Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “Her efforts and career-long dedication to preventing nuclear terrorism and proliferation have made the United States and the world safer and more secure.”

The Flemming Award honors civilian and military personnel who have accomplished unique achievements within their initial 15 years in Federal service that led to major impacts throughout the world.

The 68th annual award distinguished 10 outstanding award recipients from across the Government.