MYSTERY WIRE — There is a change of leadership happening at the National Nuclear Security Administration, better known as the NNSA. According to a news release from the NNSA, Lisa Gordon-Hagerty has resigned.
Gordon-Hagerty has been the NNSA administrator since February 15, 2018. She was the first woman to hold the position.
The NNSA sent out the following news release Friday afternoon:
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Resigns as NNSA Administrator
Dr. William Bookless now serving as Acting NNSA Administrator
WASHINGTON – The Department of Energy announced today that Lisa E. Gorgon-Hagerty has resigned as Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security. Ms. Gordon-Hagerty was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Feb. 15, 2018, and was the first woman to hold that position.
Dr. William Bookless, who has been serving as NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator for the last year-and-a-half, is now Acting NNSA Administrator, ensuring the continuity of NNSA’s vital mission to sustain the safety, security and effectiveness of our nuclear deterrent and strengthen our national security. He brings more than 35 years of experience in the Nuclear Security Enterprise to this leadership role, including more than three decades as a senior physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
As Administrator, Ms. Gordon-Hagerty oversaw the modernization of NNSA’s infrastructure and the strengthening of its world-class workforce. She also made significant strides in improving NNSA governance and management and demonstrated a sincere dedication to the 50,000 men and women serving in the national security workforce.
Gordon-Hagerty spent 30 years working in anti-terrorism programs and now heads the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the agency which maintains America’s nuclear stockpile but also coordinates cloak and dagger operations to prevent bad guys from getting their hands on their own nuclear weapons.
In September, George Knapp spoke with Gordon-Hagerty during a visit to Las Vegas to the National Atomic Testing Museum: