Dr. Marvin Adams serves as NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, a position he has held since April 2022, when he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office by Secretary Granholm.
He leads the team responsible for maintaining the safety, security, and reliability of the Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The team designs, manufactures, assesses, surveils, transports, dismantles, and manufactures U.S. nuclear warheads. It manages the materials and physical infrastructure that these activities require, and it develops and maintains the unique capabilities needed for these missions now and into the future.
Dr. Adams first served DOE as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from 1986 to 1992. From then until his confirmation as Deputy Administrator, Dr. Adams was a Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M, while also serving U.S. national security in a wide variety of roles. He has served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Stockpile Assessment Team of the Strategic Advisory Group for U.S. Strategic Command, the JASON defense advisory group, the National Academics Committee on International Security and Arms Control, the Predictive Science Panel for LLNL and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Mission Committee for LANL, the Predictive Engineering Sciences Panel at Sandia National Laboratories, and many other review and advisory bodies related to national security.
Dr. Adams earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and his B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Mississippi State University.