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Science Council promotes best science & technology for NNSA Defense Programs

From left, NNSA’s Dr. Kevin Greenaugh, who serves as chairperson of the council; Dr. Mark Anderson, Los Alamos National Laboratory; David Clauss, Sandia National Laboratories; Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Phil Calbos; Dr. Jim Rathkopf, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Rob Steinhoff, Kansas City National Security Campus.

Stockpile stewardship isn’t rocket science – it’s harder.

The Science Council investigates and explores cross-cutting science, technology, and engineering issues that have an impact across NNSA. The Science Council supports NNSA in many ways, including promoting the best science and technology throughout the enterprise, analyzing stockpile planning and hedge strategies, and communicating to support development of NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan.

Within NNSA, Defense Programs carries out this intricate and complicated mission, requiring scientific leaders at the forefront of the advanced physics and modeling capabilities in which NNSA’s laboratories excel. For this reason, NNSA established the Defense Programs Science Council, with representatives from each of the three NNSA national security laboratories and one person representing the production sites.

The Science Council also supports NNSA’s nonproliferation and counterintelligence missions, and it collaborates with the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies that have a role in NNSA’s Defense Programs activities.

There are two recent additions to the Science Council. Sandia National Laboratories representative David Clauss joined the council at NNSA headquarters in February, and Dr. Mark Anderson joined the council in April to represent Los Alamos National Laboratory. The arrival of these two fills out the council.

Prior to joining the Science Council, Clauss was senior manager for the Nuclear Weapons Planning, Operations and Assurance Group. His job was to plan, integrate, manage, and report on Sandia's nuclear weapons work. Clauss also led a group that developed Sandia’s nuclear weapons mission area strategy. Clauss joined Sandia in 1980 with bachelors and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Clauss also served the Joint Staff/Nuclear Policy and Strategic Deterrence Division to support leadership on the Nuclear Weapons Council, Standing and Safety Committee, with a focus on long-term strategic planning for the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

Dr. Mark Anderson has had a long career supporting national defense. As a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow at Caltech, he obtained his doctorate, and then spent 23 years supporting national security as a contractor with experience at both the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Department of Energy. During the last 17 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Anderson served in leadership roles in experimental science, weapon engineering, weapon physics, and simulation and computing. He is currently the deputy program director for advanced simulation and computing at Los Alamos.