NE Colloquium: Morris Hassler
Title: "Current Activities in Nuclear Nonproliferation and Global Security."
Persistence in strengthening nuclear nonproliferation efforts and bolstering global security is required even in the midst of a global pandemic. Over the last few months several things have taken place that will shape nuclear security initiatives for the upcoming decade. There is a new US administration with planned re-engagement on arms control and verification treaties, continuing (and heightened) tensions around Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) and the impact of the US pulling out of this agreement and Iran’s continued non-compliance, North Korea furtherance of their nuclear and missile programs, and new geopolitical and military tensions between major world players like Russia and China. This talk will touch on these issues and discuss some of the efforts that the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration’s sites—Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas in particular—are doing to support these major nuclear nonproliferation and global security initiatives.
Morris Hassler is the Senior Director of Global Security & Strategic Partnerships for Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, which is responsible for the management and operation of the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In this role, he is responsible for the management of nuclear nonproliferation, counterterrorism, emergency response, nuclear fuel development and supply, specialized manufacturing and technical service programs at both Y-12 and Pantex.
Hassler has worked in the nuclear field since 1991, gaining a wide range of experience and an in-depth understanding of the commercial and military nuclear material supply chains, international and domestic nuclear security and nonproliferation programs, research reactor and isotope production nuclear fuel cycles, and special nuclear material removal/ storage/disposition initiatives.
Hassler holds an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and both an MBA and a BS in Industrial Technology from Tennessee Technological University. He is a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. He is an active member in the American Nuclear Society, where he has served in various leadership positions in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division, including being the first Chairman of NNPD. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) and actively serves on several committees.
Zoom Meeting ID: 933 9681 2886
Wednesday, March 10 at 1:30pm to 2:30pmVirtual Event