David R. Bowman serves as the Manager of NNSA’s Nevada Field Office (NFO). He is responsible for operation and maintenance of the 1,370-square-mile Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and other facilities across the United States that accomplish NNSA’s missions in stockpile stewardship, nuclear nonproliferation, counterterrorism, treaty verification, nuclear test readiness, national and international emergency response, environmental management, and science and technology development. The NNSS supports high-hazard operations, testing, training, diagnostics and instrumentation, data analysis, and materials storage; conducts criticality experiments; provides research test beds for nuclear nonproliferation and counterterrorism activities; and facilitates low-level radioactive waste material disposition. This complex employs approximately 3,000 people and has a budget of over $900 million. The complex also executes a significant Strategic Partnership Program mission, supporting such initiatives as threat reduction, first responder training, and sensor development.
Prior to joining the NFO, Dr. Bowman supported DOE/NNSA emergency response and nuclear counterterrorism for over 20 years as a scientist, field team leader, project and program manager, deputy office director, Director of the Office of Emergency Response, and Associate Administrator for Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation. In the weeks and months following the 2011 release from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plants in Japan, he led the DOE teams assessing contamination around the damaged reactors. He also deployed as a technical team leader in support of national security in the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks.
Dr. Bowman earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.