The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Defense Programs offers a suite of activities to enhance collaboration between NNSA’s eight sites and the U.S. Military/Service Academies.
These programs are administered at NNSA and executed at NNSA sites, including the labs, production facilities and the Nevada National Security Site. At each location, leading-edge research and development is carried out on key national security technologies critical to the United States and its allies.
Programs include science, technology and engineering essential to sustaining the nation’s arsenal of nuclear weapons, plus a wide array of work on other efforts for the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, among others, plus support to the Intelligence Community.
The NNSA enterprise maintains a number of world-class facilities, is home to some of the world’s finest R&D capabilities, including the largest lasers, fastest computers, most capable explosives and radiography facilities and, most importantly, some of the most creative and productive minds in science and engineering. Opportunities exist to become involved with these facilities and to engage with principal investigators. Significantly, NNSA provides full support to successful candidates to cover all TDY costs of participating.
This program places military academy cadets/midshipmen in tours of duty within science, technology, engineering, national security, and relevant fields at any of the NNSA sites. Participants will expand their understanding of the NNSA National Security Enterprise and Department of Defense programs while working closely with nationally recognized staff and researchers on national security research and production.