James McConnell is the Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations. He is responsible for overall NNSA safety activities, operations, infrastructure, capital planning, packaging and transportation, nuclear materials integration and sustainment & environmental programs for the National Security Enterprise. In addition, he is NNSA's Central Technical Authority responsible for safety policy and interpretation throughout NNSA.
Prior to his current position, Mr. McConnell was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Operations. He held several positions within NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs, including Assistant Deputy Administrator for Nuclear Safety and Operations.
Mr. McConnell was NNSA's first Chief of Defense Nuclear Safety. In that position, he established the office and its functions.
Prior to joining NNSA, Mr. McConnell held several senior staff positions at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board including Deputy Technical Director, Group Leader for the Nuclear Weapons Program, and Site Representative at the Pantex Plant.
A former U.S. Navy submarine officer, Mr. McConnell holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and master’s degrees in engineering from the Catholic University of America and George Washington University.