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PNNL chooses DoD crisis management expert to lead its Special Programs Office

September 28, 2006 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Mark Hewitt has joined the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as director of Special Programs, where he will oversee research and development for the national security community. Hewitt most recently served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Continuity and Crisis Management in the Department of Defense.

“Mark brings a strong understanding of our clients’ needs in terms of science and technology solutions and in how we can best support their needs,” said Mike Kluse, PNNL associate laboratory director for national security. “His mix of policy and technology experience will complement our team’s strengths in radiological and nuclear science, physical sciences, nuclear fuel cycle experience, and predictive information analysis and assurance. I’m impressed with Mark’s ability to fully understand the potential that science and technology have for assisting the community.”

In his prior experience, Hewitt led the first intelligence analysis initiative aimed at securing critical infrastructure while at the FBI; organized special operations in the Global War on Terror; developed defense and intelligence policy and programs for asymmetric warfare at the Department of Defense; directed multi-million-dollar investments in advanced technology development; and led post-9/11 continuity initiatives at DoD.

“I was impressed with PNNL’s broad technical capabilities and its passion for ensuring its solutions meets the user’s needs,” Hewitt said. “I want to maximize the laboratory’s expertise for the greatest benefit to the community.”

As a Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory, PNNL has developed a broad spectrum of scientific expertise. Hewitt will draw upon a multidisciplinary pool of talent, including biologists, chemists, physicists, computational sciences, human behaviorists, engineers and applied mathematicians, in support of national security clients.

Hewitt earned a bachelor of science degree in political science from the University of Utah and a master of science degree in defense and strategic studies at Missouri State University, with his thesis focused on a post-Soviet reassessment of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.

Tags: Energy, National Security, Operations

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