Management of the Nuclear Security Enterprise in the Age of Austerity

Thursday, November 8, 2012
4:00pm to 6:00pm
IGS Library
109 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley

Dr. Michael R. Anastasio has served sequentially as the director of the nation's two nuclear weapon design laboratories, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2002-06) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (2006-11). As such, he brings a wealth of experience and insight into how to manage the future nuclear weapon complex. His recent testimony before Congress (February 16, 2012) captures this experience and provides a clear analysis of the challenges that the complex faces as well as succinct recommendations on how to meet those challenges. 

Dr. Anastasio has a bachelor's degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical nuclear physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His career at LLNL began in 1980 as a physicist in B-Division, one of the two nuclear weapons design divisions. He participated in the development of the W87, W84, and B83 warheads and 10 nuclear tests; he was project physicist on four of these tests. From 1996 to 2001, he served as associate director for Defense and Nuclear Technologies, responsible for all activities in the laboratory's nuclear weapons program. From 2001 to 2002, Anastasio served as LLNL's deputy director for Strategic Operations.