A portrait of Austin Miller
Austin Miller

How do you support NNSA?

I work in NNSA’s Office of Nuclear Forensics as a Nuclear Forensics Integrated Support Team Analyst. I perform administrative tasks and organize meetings to bring together experts who manage nuclear materials. I hope to support our Nuclear Incident Operations Team as an Assistant Watch Officer in the near future

What is your personal background, and how has that shaped you and your approach to your career?

I worked in the U.S. Senate as a Defense Legislative Correspondent and saw firsthand how policies affect national security. Additionally, I serve in the Washington, D.C., Army National Guard as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialist. Serving in uniform has shaped me tremendously by giving me a sense of duty, responsibility, and loyalty to the country and the mission.

What did you study in school and how did it impact you personally and professionally?

Ever since I was a sophomore in college, I have been interested in a career in weapons of mass destruction. I have always wanted to learn more about these weapons, the politics associated with their use, and how we, as humans, can control and regulate the enormous destructive power. I have a bachelor of science in chemistry and a master’s in U.S. national security studies with an emphasis in nuclear studies.

A portrait of Austin Miller in uniform
Austin Miller in uniform.

What led you to a career in nuclear security?

The complexity of atomic energy and the continuation of real-life threats make this career exciting. I feel pride and a sense of duty that I am working to secure and prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

What is the best part about your job?

Working on real-life national security developments. I enjoy learning how NNSA counters the proliferation of nuclear weapons and secures nuclear materials.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I enjoy singing classical music and hope one day to join an opera company.

What advice would you have for anyone interested in a career in nuclear security?

Everyone has their own path; I wanted to serve my country in uniform and learn about weapons of mass destruction. This led me to NNSA. I encourage people to serve in public service, even if for a short brief time. It will create a sense of responsibility, duty, and commitment to our nation.

Who is someone that inspires you and why?

My mother. She works for the Veterans Administration and has a sense of duty and commitment to do her best to serve our nation’s veterans. She demonstrates what it means to be committed to the country and the mission of the VA.