Dr. Jay C. Davis
"Dr. Davis is National Security Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. For the three years prior to rejoining Livermore in July of 2001, he served as the founding Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the United States Department of Defense. Dr. Davis received his BA in Physics from the University of Texas in 1963, his MA in Physics from the University of Texas in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. From 1969 to 1971, he was an Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Fellow in nuclear physics at the University of Wisconsin. At Livermore since 1971, he has worked as a research scientist and as an engineering manager, having led the design and construction of several unique accelerator facilities used for basic and applied research.
"In the 1970's, he was principal scientist and project manager for the design and construction of the Rotating Target Neutron Source-II Project, building the most intense 14 MeV neutron sources in existence, used for nine years by the US and Japan for fusion materials testing. In the 1980's he became the founding Director the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, building the most versatile and productive AMS lab in the world. CAMS is used by all nine campuses of the University of California and several hundred international users. He played a major role in the application of AMS to the biosciences, particularly in low-level toxicology and in dose reconstruction from events such as Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl. In 1994, he was asked to merge several research organizations at Livermore to create the Earth and Environmental Sciences Directorate. In 1998, he became the first Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, integrating DoD's technical and operational activities to deal with WMD.
"Davis has numerous publications on research in nuclear physics, nuclear instrumentation, plasma physics, accelerator design and technology, nuclear analytical techniques and analytical methods, and treaty verification technologies. He holds patents on spectrometer technologies and methods for low-level dosimetry of carcinogens and mutagens, and for the study of metabolic processes. He has been a scientific advisor to the UN Secretariat, several US agencies, and has served on advisory committees for the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, and the Institute for Nuclear and Geologic Sciences of New Zealand. Davis participated in two UN inspections of Iraq in the summer of 1991, and was selected as the only non-UN member of the team that briefed the UN Security Council after the confrontation at Fallujah on June 28, 1991 that produced the conclusive evidence of Iraqi evasion of the inspection process and violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
"Davis was Phi Beta Kappa and a Junior Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was one of its Centennial Lecturers in its Hundredth Anniversary Year. For his contributions to national security during his tenure at DTRA, he was twice awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal, DoD's highest civilian award. His current interests are homeland defense, nuclear and biological forensics, applications of accelerator technologies to multi-disciplinary research, and strategic planning and management of change in organizations. He has been married to Mary McIntyre Davis for thirty-eight years. They have two married children and a grandson."