NNSA is the U.S. Government leader in a wide range of technical domains, including nuclear security and radiological and nuclear incident response. As part of its support to U.S. Government contingency planning efforts, NNSA provides Liaison Officers to key elements of the Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure that their policies and operations are informed by NNSA’s unparalleled knowledge of nuclear threats.
NNSA Liaison Officers provide expertise and serve as a conduit for exchanging information between NNSA and DoD, ranging from scientific and technical insights to policies and operational capabilities. The liaisons highlight opportunities for cooperation and coordination; support DoD planning, training, exercises, and partner capacity-building efforts; and provide technical reachback to subject matter experts across NNSA headquarters and DOE’s National Laboratories.
Primary areas of coordination between NNSA and DoD include:
- Nuclear Counterterrorism
- Nuclear Nonproliferation
- Energy Security and Resilience
- Nuclear Incident Response
- Requests for Information/Support
- Emergency Support Function-12
- Nuclear Counterproliferation
- Building Partner Capacity
- Cyber Security
- Research and Development
- Plans and Strategy Development
- Training and Exercises
DoD’s geographic and functional Combatant Commands have many similar missions, but the focus and priorities of each is unique. Here are the Combatant Commands where NNSA Liaison Officers are stationed.