NNSA Welcomes Anne Harrington as Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs

Press Release
Oct 25, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino today welcomed Anne M. Harrington as the new NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. Ms. Harrington will manage NNSA’s $2.7 billion nuclear nonproliferation program, in more than 100 countries to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world, stop nuclear smuggling, and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Administrator D'Agostino swears in Anne Harrington“Anne Harrington brings more than two decades of nonproliferation and threat reduction experience to this position and is the perfect choice to lead the world’s largest nonproliferation program,” said Administrator D’Agostino. “Her experience in government, non-profit and private sectors both domestically and internationally are tremendous assets in helping to implement the unprecedented nuclear security agenda President Obama outlined in his 2009 speech in Prague.”

Ms. Harrington most recently served as Director of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control from 2005 to 2010. Prior to her service at the National Academy, Ms. Harrington served at the U.S. Department of State as an expert on nonproliferation and cooperative threat reduction, and was responsible for developing policy and implementing programs aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missile expertise in Russia and Eurasia.

“I am honored that President Obama has given me the opportunity to lead NNSA’s nonproliferation programs and work with our international partners,” said Deputy Administrator Harrington. “I look forward to working with the talented and dedicated nuclear security professionals across our enterprise and around the world to keep the American people safe and secure.”

Ms. Harrington graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree from St. Lawrence University, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. from the National Defense University National War College. She has two children, Meredith and Owen Lynch.

For photos of Ms. Harrington being sworn in by Administrator D’Agostino, please click here.

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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 in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the 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.