Linton F. Brooks

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Linton F. Brooks was sworn in May 16, 2003, by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham as the second administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the undersecretary of energy for nuclear security. Brooks was named as acting administrator in July 2002 by President George W. Bush "when the first NNSA administrator, John Gordon, took an assignment at the National Security Council. Bush nominated Brooks to be administrator on February 4, 2003, and he was confirmed by the Senate on May 1, 2003. [1]

In January 2007 he was asked to resign by Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman after controversy over security lapses at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories. Brooks agreed and will finish in this role in late January. [2]


On July 19, 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Brooks to the new position of Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration.

"Prior to joining NNSA, Brooks was the vice president and assistant to the president for policy analysis" at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center located in Alexandria, Virginia. Brook's "extensive government experience includes service as the assistant director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, chief U.S. negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (where he earned the title of ambassador), director of arms control for the National Security Council," and a number of assignments with the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. [3]

On July 13, 1992, President George H.W. Bush nominated Brooks to serve as Assistant Director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the Bureau of Strategic and Nuclear Affairs.

"Ambassador Brooks has served as head of the U.S. delegation on Nuclear and Space Talks and Chief Strategic Arms Reductions (START) Negotiator from 1991 to the present. From 1989 to 1991, Ambassador Brooks served as deputy head of the delegation. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with the rank of Ambassador in 1990. From 1984 to 1989, he served as Director of Arms Control on the staff of the National Security Council. Ambassador Brooks has also served as special adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations, 1985, and Deputy Director of Strategic and Theater Nuclear Warfare Policy in the U.S. Navy, 1982 - 84.
"Ambassador Brooks graduated from Duke University (B.S., 1959), the University of Maryland (M.A., 1972), and the U.S. War College (1979). He served for 30 years in the U.S. Navy. He was born August 15, 1938, in Boston, MA. Ambassador Brooks is married, has two children, and resides in Vienna, VA."

Published Works

"James G. Roche and George E. Pickett, Jr., 'Organizing the Government to Provide the Tools for Intervention,' US Intervention Policy for the Post-Cold War World: New Challenges and New Responses, eds. Arnold Kanter and Linton F. Brooks (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1994)."

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