Jeffrey P. Harrell, Colonel, United States Air Force (retired), is the Manager for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Sandia Field Office (SFO). As Manager, he is responsible for the overall administration of the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Contract (~$2.5B/year), the day-to-day administration of the SFO, and oversight of Laboratory operations. The mission of the Sandia National Laboratories is Stockpile Stewardship and National Security Research and Development. A member of the Senior Executive Service, he entered this position in April 2015 and has 38 years of Federal service including 25 years in the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to becoming the SFO Manager, Colonel Harrell had been the Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Office of Secure Transportation (OST), NNSA, since 2009. The OST mission is to provide safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons, nuclear weapon components, and special nuclear material in support of the national security of the United States. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, OST operates from four primary locations: Albuquerque (New Mexico), Amarillo (Texas), Oak Ridge (Tennessee), and Fort Smith (Arkansas).
Colonel Harrell became the OST Assistant Deputy Administrator after having been the Director of the Department of Energy (DOE) National Training Center (NTC) in Albuquerque. The NTC is the DOE training center for Safeguards and Security (S&S), Safety, Foreign Interaction, and Counterintelligence. NTC also hosts the Professional Development Program for S&S and Safety. On a space-available basis, the NTC provides training for other Federal, state, and local government agencies.
Colonel Harrell became the NTC Director in September 2006 upon retirement from the U. S. Air Force. His last assignment was as the Vice Commander, 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. In addition, he has served as a fighter squadron commander and as the Inspector General for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). He was a command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours, including over 100 combat hours in the F-16.
Colonel Harrell entered the Air Force in 1981 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He holds a master’s degree from Troy State University, is a graduate of Squadron Officers School and the Air Command and Staff College, and was a National Defense Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.