Under Secretary of Energy for National Nuclear Security: Who Is Frank Klotz?

Washington, D.C.

The White House announced President Obama’s intent to nominate retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz as the Department of Energy's under secretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). NNSA oversees the U.S. nuclear weapons complex and supplies fuel for the Navy’s nuclear-powered ships. If confirmed by the Senate, he will succeed Neile L. Miller, who has been acting administrator of NNSA since January, when Under Secretary Thomas D'Agostino retired.

Born circa 1951, Frank Klotz earned a B.S. in International Affairs at the Air Force Academy in 1973. A Rhodes Scholar that same year, at Oxford Klotz earned an M.Phil. in International Relations in 1975 and a D.Phil. in Politics in 1980.

After his time at Oxford ran out in July 1976, Klotz served as an international politico-military affairs officer at the Directorate of Concepts at USAF headquarters from September 1976 to February 1978, and as military assistant for special projects in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics from March 1978 to July 1979.

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