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Jeffrey Johnson Named Chief of Security at NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that Jeffrey Johnson has been named the Chief of Defense Nuclear Security and Associate Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security effective today.

In this role, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of security programs for the NNSA.

“Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience to NNSA and is eminently qualified to take on the challenges of his new position,” said DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz. “I am pleased he will serve our nation in this new role, and I am confident that he will use his expertise to ensure that the security is maintained at all NNSA facilities.”

Johnson has an extensive security background from his time on active duty and as a civilian Marine, including the protection of nuclear weapons, Navy nuclear propulsion, and other high value assets. Previously he was head of U.S. Marine Corps Civilian Law Enforcement where he was responsible for all aspects of installation policing and security.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminology from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in security and safety leadership from George Washington University. He also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. 

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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.