US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters Visits the Bush School

November 11, 2015

Dr. Vahid MajidiDr. Vahid Majidi, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters within the US Department of Defense (DoD) recently visited the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Dr. Majidi spoke to students and faculty about ongoing efforts to responsibly manage the US stockpile of nuclear weapons and answered questions about current issues related to nuclear matters.

In his role at the Department of Defense, Dr. Majidi is responsible for managing all activities related to the acquisition and modernization of the US nuclear weapons stockpile. This work requires coordination across several departments and partners, including DoD, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the National Laboratories, the military services, and other interagency partners.

During his talk, Dr. Majidi gave students and faculty information about the decrease in the nuclear weapons stockpile since the height of the Cold War; how the remaining weapons are transported, stored, and secured; and the various logistical operations required to maintain these efforts. The presentation also included insights on the extensive security measures taken to ensure the nuclear weapons stockpile remains secure.

Dr. Majidi has served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters for nearly two years. He previously served as chief scientist for TASC Inc., a government contractor specializing in national security matters, and as director of University Multispectral Laboratories. He also has vast experience at the federal level, having served as assistant director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at the FBI and as chief science advisor to the Department of Justice.

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