Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last Wednesday applauded President Barack Obama’s intent to appoint Warren Stern as director of the department’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.
“The men and women of DNDO play a critical role in strengthening America’s security,” Napolitano said. “Warren’s nuclear security and safety expertise will be a great asset to the department’s ongoing efforts to protect our nation from radiological and nuclear threats.”
Stern previously served as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Incident and Emergency Center and is currently a senior adviser to the assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation.
In his new role, Stern will oversee the office’s ongoing efforts to enhance U.S. security by improving capabilities to detect and report unauthorized attempts to import, possess, store, develop, or transport nuclear or radiological material, as well as DNDO’s efforts to support the government’s nuclear forensics capabilities.
Stern began his career in 1985 at the CIA, then served as senior technical adviser in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, where he advised senior U.S. officials on nonproliferation and nuclear security issues. Later on, he was a fellow in Sen. Hillary Clinton’s office in 2003, providing guidance on nuclear energy, waste, safety and security issues
After working for Clinton, Stern went on to serve as the Department of State’s senior coordinator for nuclear safety and deputy director of the Office of Nuclear Energy, Safety and Security.