Manager, Safeguards and Security
Operational Systems Directorate
Manager, Safeguards and Security
Operational Systems Directorate


Pete Tensmeyer leads PNNL’s $22-million Safeguards and Security group and Management and Operations Program. A position Pete has held since 2019, the effort spans six technical program areas that protect security assets including staff members, sensitive information, property, and the facilities located on PNNL’s campuses in Richland, Sequim, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.

Nearly 100 professionals support these programs, which include

  • technology protection and export control
  • personnel security
  • program planning and management
  • information security
  • physical security/material control & accountability
  • protective force and the security operations center.

He closely collaborates with security and emergency management counterparts at other national laboratories owned by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Pete has held numerous leadership positions over his more than 20-year career with PNNL and NNSA. At PNNL, this includes a technical group manager within the National Security Directorate, a subsector and program manager for PNNL’s Global Threat Reduction Program, and a project controls professional supporting PNNL’s NNSA Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation project portfolio. In his time with NNSA, Pete was a senior federal program manager and deputy office director for the NA-21 Office of Global Threat Reduction.


Masters of Technology Management, Washington State University

BS Business Information Systems, University of Idaho

BS Business Production and Operations Management, University of Idaho

Awards and Recognitions

DOE 2022 Office of Science Outstanding Security Professional of the Year

2010 Project Management Institute Distinguished Contribution Award (Team Member)