Ernest J. Moniz, Joan Rohlfing Applaud Senate Confirmation of Deborah Rosenblum to Senior Pentagon Post, Nomination of Laura Holgate as a U.S. Ambassador in Vienna, and Nomination of Corey Hinderstein to Department of Energy NNSA Post

Statement from Ernest J. Moniz and Joan Rohlfing on the confirmation of NTI Executive Vice President Deborah Rosenblum as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs; the nomination of NTI Vice President for Materials Risk Management Laura S.H. Holgate to serve as Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, with the Rank of Ambassador, and Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, with the Rank of Ambassador; and the nomination of NTI Vice President for International Fuel Cycle Strategies Corey Hinderstein as Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

“We are thrilled that the Senate has confirmed Deborah Rosenblum, NTI’s executive vice president for the past 11 years, to serve our country as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. Deborah brings the right experience and expertise to this vital job, and although we will miss her at NTI, we are enormously gratified to have such a talented, visionary leader in this important post at the Pentagon.

“We also are delighted that two of our exceptional vice presidents have been nominated to key nuclear security positions.

“Laura Holgate, our vice president for Materials Risk Management, has been nominated by President Biden to reprise her role as a U.S. Ambassador in Vienna. Laura will bring her powerful intellect, a passion for reducing global dangers, and broad experience and expertise gained over decades of public service across a range of security and diplomatic fronts. There is no better person for the job of U.S. Representative to the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“This spring, Laura led a 60-day planning process for the U.S. National Security Council to develop a strategy to secure, eliminate, and manage risks of terrorist acquisition of nuclear and radiological materials. We were proud that she was tapped for that vital assignment, and we are prouder still to offer strong support for her nomination now.

“Corey Hinderstein, our vice president for International Fuel Cycle Strategies, has been nominated to a key position within the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, now headed by newly confirmed NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby, a former NTI Board member. During a leave from NTI from 2014-2017, Corey served at NNSA as senior coordinator for nuclear security and nonproliferation policy affairs, and she will bring deep expertise in those areas as well as in international nuclear fuel cycle policy and arms control and nonproliferation verification to the deputy administrator position. At DOE, Corey was active in addressing the Iranian nuclear challenge, and she led the department’s preparations for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. She will bring intellectual rigor, critical thinking, and a wealth of experience back to the NNSA, and although we are sad to see her leave NTI, we are enormously proud and offer strong support for her nomination.

“If confirmed, in addition to Deborah, Laura and Corey will join a roster of NTI experts recognized by the Biden administration for their exceptional leadership on addressing global security threats. Beth Cameron, PhD, former vice president of NTI’s Global Biological Policy and Programs, is at the White House serving as senior director of the National Security Council’s Office of Global Health Security and Biodefense; Richard Johnson, former senior director for Fuel Cycle and Verification, is at the Pentagon serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction; and Andrew Hebbeler, former NTI | bio senior director and lead scientist, is now Assistant Director for Health and Life Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.”

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