Jeffrey R. Johnson

Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security

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Jeffrey Johnson, NNSA Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security

Jeffrey R. Johnson is the Associate Administrator for the NNSA's Office of Defense Nuclear Security and Chief of Defense Nuclear Security. He is responsible for the development and implementation of security programs for the agency, including the protection, control and accounting of materials, and the physical and cyber security for all NNSA facilities.  

Mr. Johnson spent over 26 years in the Marine Corps, just over 20 of them on active duty. During his Marine Corps career he served in a variety of security and law enforcement billets, inlcuding the Marine Corps Security Force Liaison to the Navy staff. In that position, he was responsible for nuclear weapons security policy, security evaluations of Navy nuclear weapons facilities, and policy regarding coordination with Marine Corps security forces to protect Navy nuclear vessels during refueling and defueling operations. As a Marine, Mr. Johnson completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Basic SWAT Course, the Army Anti-terrorism Instructor School, and the Drug Enforcement Agency Raid Instructors course. After retiring, Mr. Johnson continued to support the Marine Corps as a civilian and was tasked with recruiting, hiring, and training more than 1,400 Marine Corps civilian police officers.  

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and his master’s degree in security and safety leadership from George Washington University. Mr. Johnson is a fellow of Harvard’s School of Government Senior Executive Fellowship, a graduate of both the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the FBI National Executive Institute.