NNSA Announces 2011 Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards

Press Release
May 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the recipients of the Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards. DeAnn Long from the Nevada Site Office will receive the federal award, and Debbie Aguero from the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) will receive the contractor award.

The honors, which were formerly known as the Security Professionals of the Year Awards, were named after Bradley A. Peterson who passed away earlier this year. Peterson served as Chief, Defense Nuclear Security, and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security and more recently as Deputy to the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Secure Transportation. The awards recognize one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify the excellence and commitment for which NNSA is known.

DeAnn Long and Deborah Aguero“Ms. Long and Ms. Aguero exemplify NNSA’s commitment to improving the way it does business while maintaining the highest security and safety standards,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “I applaud DeAnn and Debbie for their commitment to helping to protect NNSA’s resources while working to deliver President Obama’s nuclear security agenda. I am also honored that this is the first year that the awards are named after Brad Peterson, who was a great friend, stellar shipmate and devoted public servant. The awards are a true reflection of the values Brad embodied.”

Long’s proactive, innovative, and creative leadership in security resulted in significant achievements, to include the disposition and preservation of national resource material, operation of the Planet criticality machine, start up of the Joint Actinide Shock Physics Experimental Research facility, and identification of issues associated with a planned security upgrade to the Device Assembly Facility. In particular, her expertise and skill in visualizing technical solutions to complex problems allowed significant advancements in key NNSA Programs to include Defense Programs, Emergency Operations, and Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, as well as external agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation. As a result, her efforts have not only significantly benefited the NNSS Safeguards and Security Program, but the entire U.S. government.

Thinking “outside the box” is one of Aguero’s trademarks; her active engagement and leadership in security have greatly facilitated operations at the NNSS. Using a “Safeguards First Principles” approach, Aguero was able to ensure success for non-traditional work at the NNSS critical to the nation’s ability to protect against its adversaries, ensure nonproliferation, maintain the nuclear stockpile, and advance technology. Aguero constructed the NNSS self-assessment program from the ground up, and the program was identified as a model for the Department during a 2011 inspection. Additionally, her efforts within the NNSA Material Control and Accountability community resulted in the development of multiples guides that benefit the entire Nuclear Security Enterprise in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.

“This year is a very special year in the history of this award,” said Chief, Defense Nuclear Security, Douglas Fremont. “This past year NNSA lost one of our most valued security executives, Brad Peterson. Brad was a driving force behind this award, and, in honor of his own extraordinary achievements in the security community, Thomas D’Agostino renamed the awards as the Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards. I am certain that Brad would have been more than proud to have the first two recipients of the Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards be these two very extraordinary, capable, and innovative leaders in security.”

Long and Aguero will receive formal recognition in an upcoming award ceremony in Las Vegas, Nev.

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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.