NNSA Weapons Chief Participates in ROTC Day at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Press Release
Mar 11, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), today was a featured speaker on a panel discussion assembled as part of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Day.

ROTC Day has become a regular part of LLNL’s efforts to strengthen the relationship between NNSA, the lab and the Department of Defense (DoD). Today’s panel discussion on “Future Careers in the Military and the Role of Science and Engineering” provided an overview of the Laboratory and briefings on LLNL DoD and military research projects.

“Participating in ROTC Day at Lawrence Livermore Lab is a great opportunity to promote NNSA and discuss the importance of our mission,” said Harencak. “We need to work to recruit and retain the next generation of scientists, engineers and program managers who will support or nation’s nuclear security.  NNSA has the best science, technology and engineering in the world, and promoting these fields to future leaders is vital to the health of the nuclear security enterprise.”

ROTC Day is a component of LLNL’s military academic collaborations. The ROTC Intern program provides hands-on internship opportunities to undergraduate cadets and midshipmen. Additionally, research assignments may be available for cadets and midshipmen who finish their course requirements early, prior to starting their military obligations.

Recent participants have used their experiences for senior thesis projects and academic research papers for credit, and have co-authored papers. During past summers, LLNL hosted approximately seven to ten ROTC interns each year.

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