Corey Hinderstein has been sworn in as the deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation (DNN) of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 30, Hinderstein now leads the NNSA’s efforts to help the U.S. government prevent, counter, and respond to global nuclear security threats. She was sworn in on December 6 by energy secretary Jennifer Granholm.
Background: Hinderstein has more than two decades of experience with the policy and proliferation implications of the nuclear fuel cycle, arms control, and nonproliferation verification, according to the NNSA. Most recently, she served as vice president of international fuel cycle strategies at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. From 2015 to 2017, she was senior coordinator of nuclear security and nonproliferation policy affairs at the NNSA, participating in diplomatic efforts to restrict Iran’s nuclear program and in planning for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.
From Hinderstein: “I am excited to be back at NNSA,” she said, “There is no more important role for government than to protect the safety, security, and opportunity for people of the United States. From the career civil servants, to the professional support contractors, to the scientists of our national laboratories, you cannot find a more dedicated and hard-working group of public servants working to protect America.”
Comments: “Corey is widely recognized for her expertise and leadership on nuclear security, I could not think of anybody better equipped to lead that first line of defense,” Granholm said. “She and her team at NNSA will help keep our nation—and our world—safe from nuclear threats by strengthening international partnerships and advancing next-generation ideas and technologies.”
Jill Hruby, DOE under secretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator, added, “Corey Hinderstein will help build stronger international partnerships and bring new ideas and technologies to our nonproliferation work. She will lead our efforts to secure and reduce worldwide stocks of nuclear material, strengthen global arms control, and reduce the threat posed by nuclear weapons programs of concern. She brings with her a breadth of knowledge and we welcome her back to NNSA.”