Director of the Office of National Security and International Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory
John Scott started at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1998 as a postdoctoral research associate studying challenges related to inertial confinement fusion physics. He became a staff member in the secondary design group in 2000 and began working on nuclear weapon problems as part of the broader stockpile stewardship program. Mr. Scott was the secondary physics lead for the W88 and B61 weapons and was the lead secondary designer for the RRW project during the second half of the 2000s. He became the group leader for the secondary design group in 2014 and later moved to deputy division leader for stockpile for the weapons design division.
Currently, Mr. Scott is a member of the National Security and International Studies Office combining his interests in policy issues associated with nuclear weapons and his technical background to help LANL engage on nuclear weapons policy issues. He leads the Director’s Strategic Resilience Initiative at LANL, an effort aimed at understanding how we ensure the efficacy of the stockpile in light of a rapidly changing world.
Expertise & Interests
- Nuclear weapons
- Nuclear policy