Madelyn Creedon Confirmed as Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration

Press Release
Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON – Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

“Madelyn Creedon’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “She is well-prepared for her new role at the Department as it follows a long career of public service in national security, including at the Department of Defense, with the Senate Armed Services Committee, and, previously, at the Department of Energy. NNSA Administrator Klotz and I thank the Senate for their attention to Madelyn’s nomination, and look forward to working with her.”

As NNSA’s Principal Deputy Administrator, Ms. Creedon will support NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz in the management and operation of the NNSA, as well as policy matters across the DOE and NNSA enterprise in support of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.

Prior to her Senate confirmation, Ms. Creedon served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs at the Department of Defense (DoD), overseeing policy development and execution in the areas of countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, U.S. nuclear forces and missile defense, and DoD cybersecurity and space issues. She was confirmed to serve in this position by the Senate in August 2011.

Previously, Ms. Creedon was counsel for the Democratic staff on the Senate Committee on Armed Services and was the staff lead for the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces as well as threat reduction and nuclear nonproliferation issues. In 2000, she left the Armed Services Committee to become the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs at the NNSA, and returned to the Committee in January 2001. Prior to joining the Armed Services Committee staff in March 1997, she was the Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy for National Security Programs at the DOE, beginning in October 1995.

Creedon is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. Her undergraduate degree is in political science from the University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.