NNSA Places 56 Participants Throughout Enterprise as Part of Military Academic Collaborations Program

Press Release
May 26, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that its Office of Defense Programs has placed 56 participants this spring throughout the country as part of its Military Academic Collaborations (MAC) program. Also today, a new video featuring Brig. Gen. Sandra Finan, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application at NNSA, is featured on the MAC website.

The 56 cadets and midshipmen will participate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Nevada National Security Site and Pantex. The participants are from The Citadel, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy and ROTC candidates. Participants will work closely with senior researchers or teams and have the benefit of a dedicated mentor.

“We are excited about the overwhelming amount of interest in NNSA’s Military Academic Collaborations program,” said Finan. “Recruiting and retaining the next generation of nuclear security professionals and building a strong core of science and technology are cornerstones of our effort to invest in the future of a modern nuclear security enterprise. Initiatives like the MAC Program are an excellent opportunity for military academy cadets, midshipmen, ROTC students, and faculty to be part of the enterprise that helps keep the American people safe by maintaining our nuclear stockpile and implementing the President’s nuclear security agenda. ”

The program is a collaboration between NNSA’s laboratories and production sites and the U.S. Military Academies and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at universities throughout the country.

The goal of the program is to place military academy cadets/midshipmen and officers in tours of duty within science, technology, engineering, national security and relevant fields at any of the NNSA sites. Participants from the Department of Defense (DoD) will expand their understanding of the NNSA national security enterprise and DoD programs while working closely with nationally recognized staff and researchers on national security programs.

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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.