WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the recipients of the fourth annual Security Professionals of the Year Awards. The awards recognize one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify the excellence and commitment for which NNSA is known.
Stephen Scott from the Nevada Site Office has been selected as the federal employee to receive the award and Bartolo Torres from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has been selected as the contractor to receive the award.
“As we work to invest in the future of our enterprise, encouraging and rewarding the best security practices is an important part of our effort to improve the way we do business,” said Brad Peterson, NNSA’s Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security. “By dedicating themselves to protecting some of the country’s most vital strategic assets, our security professionals help to advance U.S. national security goals and implement the President’s nuclear security agenda. I am honored to recognize these two individuals for their tireless commitment to protecting NNSA personnel, facilities, nuclear weapons, special nuclear material, and information.”
Scott is recognized as a leader and strong advocate for security technology. He spearheaded the deployment of a wireless network around the Device Assembly Facility to improve tactical communications, secured funding for the Technology Deployment Integration Center to assess new security technologies, and facilitated a memorandum of understanding with the Air Force to establish Unmanned Aerial Vehicle support at the NNSS. He also expanded the Networked Automated Anti-Tampering and Assessment system on tactical vehicles for increased protective force survivability, and upgraded sand tables for enhanced vulnerability analyses.
Scott’s most notable achievement in 2010 was the successful deployment of the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) robot in Area 5 of the NNSS. These “security robots” received unprecedented national-level media attention, including CBS News, Fox News and Defense News. As a result, the Nevada Site Office received four additional MDARS from the Army for future deployment at NNSS.
Torres was the primary security and budget expert responsible for developing and implementing significant enhancements to the Defense Nuclear Security (DNS) Program, Planning, Budget, and Evaluation (PPBE) process. He played a critical role in clearly defining the DNS scope of work, issuing detailed costing guidelines, and implementing more granular and well-defined budget and reporting categories to track costs.
Torres was also a leader in establishing new budget review processes for DNS using technical subject matter experts from across the enterprise, scrutinizing Protective Force budgets in detail, and implementing a standard cost model for “bottom-up” pricing and comparing Protective Force work which comprised approximately 60 percent of the nearly $770 million FY2010 budget. He helped develop standard templates for tracking and comparing actual expenditures to target operating budgets and monitoring additional expenditures through project completion. His ongoing work to consolidate deliverables, refine review processes, and develop better decision-making tools/reports for senior management significantly contributed to making DNS a recognized leader in implementing the NNSA’s PPBE process.
The combined result of Torres’ efforts helped DNS realize tens of millions of dollars in cost savings in FY2011 over the previous year, while maintaining a robust security posture across the Enterprise.
Scott and Torres will receive formal recognition in upcoming award ceremonies in Las Vegas, Nev., and Los Alamos, N.M.
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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.