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NNSA Welcomes Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Davis as New Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today welcomed Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Davis (USAF) as Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application.

Brig. Gen. Davis will assist Dr. Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, in directing the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which maintains the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile without underground nuclear testing.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Brig. Gen. Davis since he was a Lieutenant and I have seen first-hand his commitment to excellence and service above self,” said DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz. “I am confident that he will excel as the senior uniformed officer in the Department of Energy. I also want to thank Gen. Jim Dawkins for his superb service at NNSA and wish him the best of luck in his new and extraordinarily important position as director of Strategic Capabilities Policy at the National Security Council.”

Most recently General Davis served as the Assistant Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense, and Current Operations on the Joint Staff, J-33. Prior to the Joint Staff he commanded the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. where he led more than 1,600 Air Force Airmen in support of the nation’s land-based intercontinental ballistic missile force. 

“Brig. Gen. Davis’ extensive experience with our nation’s strategic deterrent will be a tremendous asset in helping to guide and direct NNSA’s Defense Programs,” Cook said. “I look forward to working with Brig. Gen. Davis as we continue NNSA’s effort’s in maintaining the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, promoting first-rate science, technology and engineering, and improving the way we do business.”

Brig. Gen. Davis earned his commission through the Air Force Officers’ Training School in 1989. He has served in a variety of assignments including ICBM and space operations, staff duty at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters Air Force and Headquarters United States Strategic Command. Davis has also commanded the nation’s only ICBM test squadron and more recently led the development and stand-up of United States Cyber Command. Prior to commanding the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, Davis was the Vice Commander, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va. Master of Airpower Art and Science degree, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala. He was also a National Defense Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

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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.