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The Department of Energy has adopted an enterprise-wide approach to strengthening its preparedness for and its capability to respond to a broad spectrum of potential emergencies, including those resulting from natural phenomena (e.g., adverse weather, earthquakes) and from human actions (e.g., accidents, sabotage, terrorism).
To help support the Department’s new approach, we have recently reorganized the NNSA Office of Emergency Operations (NA-40) and the NNSA Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation (NA-80).
NA-40 will now focus its efforts primarily on building the capacity to respond to all hazards, including a reinvigorated and a reintegrated emergency management governance structure and a new consolidated emergency operations center. The new organization for NA-40 will include:
- The Office of Plans and Policy (NA-41), which will oversee the Department-wide Emergency Management System and serve as the Department’s Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board point of contact.
- The Office of Operations and Exercise (NA-42), which will support the DOE/NNSA command structure for all hazards emergency management. Additionally, the office will develop and manage with input from other DOE entities the Department wide all-hazards exercise program.
- The Office of Preparedness (NA-43), which will develop and deliver emergency management training across the Department.
- The Office of Consolidated Emergency Operations Center (NA-44), which will provide the infrastructure for HQ-level operations, coordination, communications, and control and will operate DOE’s Consolidated Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to improve the ability to respond to a DOE wide all-hazards emergency.
To ensure NNSA continue to devote priority attention to its unique and continuing responsibility for field deployable nuclear and radiological response assets, several functions previously performed within NA-40 have been placed under NA-80. The new organization for NA-80 will include:
- The Office of Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation (NA-81) which will be a consolidation of the former Office of Counterterrorism Policy and Cooperation and the Office of International Emergency Management and Cooperation Programs (NA-46). NA-81 will develop and implement policy, provide technical solutions, and build capacity to strengthen:
- domestic and international capabilities in counterterrorism and counterproliferation
- international nuclear incident capabilities
- The Office of Nuclear Forensics (NA-83), which was formerly the Office of National Technical Nuclear Forensics (NA-45). It will manage the NNSA's technical nuclear forensics assets and capabilities that support pre-detonation device and post detonation nuclear forensics
- The Office of Nuclear Incident Response (NA-84), which was formerly the Office of Emergency Response (NA-42). NA-84 will serve as the technical leader in responding to and resolving nuclear and radiological threats worldwide. It will include expertise in the areas of radiological search, render safe, and consequence management.
NA-40 will continue to be led by Associate Administrator Deborah Wilber, and NA-80 will continue to be led by Associate Administrator Steven Aoki.
Frank Klotz and Madelyn Creedon
“Mission First, People Always”