Jeffrey R. Johnson

Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security
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Jeffrey R. Johnson is the Associate Administrator for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security and Chief of Defense Nuclear Security for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of security programs for the Administration, including the protection, control and accounting of materials, and for the physical and cyber security for all NNSA facilities.    

Jeff 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. From 2002 to 2007, he was assigned as 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 provided policy while coordinating security with Marine Corps security force units to protect Navy nuclear vessels during refueling and defueling operations. As a Marine, Jeff completed the Federal of Bureau Investigation’s (FBI) Basic SWAT Course, the Army Anti-terrorism Instructor School, and the Drug Enforcement Agency Raid Instructors course. After he retired, Jeff continued to support the Marine Corps as a civilian and was tasked with recruiting, hiring and training over 1400 Marine Corps civilian police officers across the Marine Corps.   

He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Ohio State University and he received his Master’s Degree in Security and Safety Leadership from George Washington University. Jeff is a fellow from Harvard’s School of Government Senior Executive Fellowship, a graduate of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar 59 and the FBI National Executive Institute session XXXVI.