Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor
July 19, 2013
OBAMA SETS SIGHTS ON FORMER AIR FORCE GENERAL FOR TOP NNSA SPOT
Obama Administration is believed to be set to pick retired Air Force
Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz as the next administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration,
NW&M Monitor has learned. The exact timeline for Klotz’s nomination
remains unclear, but officials with knowledge of the search said the
former Global Strike Command chief was picked over former Los Alamos and
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Mike Anastasio,
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn
Creedon, and former Naval Reactors chief Kirkland Donald. Klotz will
replace Tom D’Agostino, who retired in December, as well as a pair of
acting administrators: Neile Miller and Bruce Held.
from the Air Force in 2011 after standing up Global Strike Command, and
has worked since then as a fellow with the Council on Foreign
Relations. During his Air Force career, he commanded a strategic missile
squadron and operations group at Grand Forks Air Force Base and a
missile wing at Minot Air Force Base. He also headed up Air Force Space
Command’s 20th Air Force and Strategic Command’s Task Force 214, and
worked as Director for Nuclear Policy and Arms Control with the National
Security Council at the White House and as a defense attaché at the
American embassy in Moscow.
According to published writing during
his post-Air Force career, Klotz’s positions on arms control and
nuclear weapons align nicely with those of the Obama Administration.
Last month, he came out in support of the President’s Berlin speech that
outlined a goal to reduce the size of the nation’s strategic deployed
stockpile to around 1,000 warheads, calling it a “pragmatic and workable
basis for forging a sustainable, bipartisan consensus on nuclear
weapons and arms control policy” in an op-ed for The National Interest.
“The approach taken by President Obama and his administration actually
represents a relatively moderate and measured effort to reconcile two
dominant, but different themes in current American thinking about
nuclear weapons,” he wrote. “The first is the belief that the United
States should continue
to lead international efforts to limit and reduce nuclear arsenals,
prevent nuclear proliferation, and secure nuclear materials. The second
is the belief that appropriately sized nuclear forces still play an
essential role in protecting U.S. and allied security interests.”
the topic of the weapons complex and arsenal, he wrote that “the United
States still needs to maintain modern, survivable and effective nuclear
forces to deter the use or threatened use of nuclear weapons against
the United States and its allies, however improbable that may now
appear.” The President’s plan outlined in Berlin provides “the basic
elements of a broad consensus on what needs to be done to sustain our
nuclear forces in an uncertain world populated by other nuclear powers,”
he wrote. “They can and should be used to advance an agenda that
combines necessary modernization and reductions tailored to serve
American and allied security interests.”
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