WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the selection of Kevin W. Smith as the new Los Alamos Site Office Manager.
“It is a pleasure to welcome and congratulate Kevin as he begins his tenure as the new manager of the Los Alamos Site Office,” said Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application. “Kevin brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge to the NNSA Los Alamos Site Office, and we look forward to working with him as Los Alamos National Laboratory continues to develop and apply the best science and technology to meet NNSA’s core missions and national security needs.”
The NNSA Los Alamos Site Office is responsible for administering the management and operations contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory as well as managing federal activities at the laboratory.
Smith is well known and highly respected within the Department of Energy and NNSA and is currently serving as the Acting Site Office Manager for the Kansas City Site Office. His past DOE assignments include being Deputy Manager for the Y-12 Site Office and Assistant Manager for the Nuclear Materials Stabilization Project at Savannah River. While in the Air Force, he served in a number of senior capacities to include being an F-16 Squadron Commander, F-117 Stealth Fighter Group Commander, Deputy J3 for U.S. Forces Korea, and Chief of Safety for Air Combat Command. In addition, Smith has received a number of awards to include the DOE Exceptional Service Award, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star Medal.
Smith has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Air Force Academy, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in management from Troy State University. Smith and his wife, Dorothy, are both originally from Washington State.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a separately organized 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 United States and abroad.