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Frank Klotz has been nominated to be the new administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration, according to a White House press release that listed presidential nominations sent to the Senate Thursday.
Klotz would replace Thom D’Agostino, who retired in December as well as two acting administrators Neile Miller and Bruce Held.
According to the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor, Klotz was picked from a field of candidates that included former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Mike Anastasio, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon, and former Naval Reactors chief Kirkland Donald.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations website, Klotz is senior fellow for strategic studies and arms control at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is the former commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. In that position, he established and then led a new 23,000-person organization that merged responsibility for all U.S. nuclear-capable bombers and land-based missiles under a single chain-of-command.
Earlier in his military career, Gen. Klotz served as the defense attaché at U.S. Embassy in Moscow. As the senior American military officer based in Russia, he advised the ambassador and senior U.S. officials on a wide-range of bilateral defense issues, including financial support for securing weapons of mass destruction.
Later, as the director for nuclear policy and arms control on the National Security Council staff, he represented the White House in the talks that led to the 2002 Moscow Treaty to reduce strategic nuclear weapons. He subsequently coordinated the executive branch’s negotiations with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to ratify the treaty, resulting in a 95-0 vote in favor by the full Senate.
From 2005 to 2007, Gen. Klotz was the vice commander of Air Force Space Command with responsibility for developing, acquiring, and operating a global network of launch, satellite control, and missile warning facilities.
A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Gen. Klotz attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is also a graduate of the National War College in Washington.
He served as a White House fellow at the State Department and as a military fellow at CFR. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board.