To mark the 20th anniversary of NNSA’s Joint Technical Operations Team (JTOT) program, current and past leadership gathered this month at NNSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
JTOT is a rapidly deployable asset built from the formidable technical and scientific expertise at NNSA.
Jay Tilden, NNSA’s deputy undersecretary for counterterrorism and counterproliferation, addressed the directors and program managers who have led the national security mission over the years. “It takes special dedication and perseverance to remain committed to this largely quiet and un-heralded sliver of the nuclear deterrence and counterterrorism mission,” said Tilden.
JTOT, which predates the creation of NNSA, was established in 1997 to streamline the Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) capability that dates back to 1974.
As a result of lessons learned during NEST training exercises and continued examination of the threats, the Department of Energy (DOE) determined that a more flexible and task-organized crisis operations capability was needed to support the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Defense efforts to deter nefarious activities and prevent nuclear and radiological weapon incidents.
Guest speakers gave an overview of the major accomplishments and challenges through the history of the program. The following current and former directors participated in a panel discussion:
Other directors not pictured: