Newswise – Los Alamos, New Mexico, June 22, 2021 – Rian Bahran, a scientist from the Los Alamos National Laboratory on assignment in Washington, DC, received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for his exemplary performance.
“This recognition from the Department of Defense reflects Rian’s dedication and commitment to vital national security issues,” said Bob Webster, deputy director of the weapons laboratory. “The Los Alamos National Laboratory is proud of the important contributions Rian has made. “
Bahran was recognized for his services and contributions as Senior Science and Policy Advisor for Nuclear Deterrence Policy from January 2019 to May 2020 and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from May 2020 to June.
“Dr. Bahran performed with distinction during a period in which the Defense Ministry implemented the results of the nuclear posture review,” the quote states. Among his duties, he oversaw the implementation of the Nuclear Posture Review, which establishes the policy, strategy, capabilities and posture of nuclear forces.
Bahran has also led various national and international forums related to the technical aspects of the United States’ extended deterrence to NATO, and has been the Defense Department’s policy leader for the successful negotiation of an agreement on nuclear accidents. The US government has relied on its technical knowledge and political support for arms control, non-proliferation, nuclear testing and strategic stability dialogues. During a crisis in the Middle East, Bahran, a bilingual Yemeni-American, was called upon to support the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Secretary of Defense with his linguistic and regional expertise.
“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and my time has left me with a distinct understanding of the serious challenges we face. I truly appreciate the opportunities offered by the lab which allow me to have a substantial impact on protecting the security of our nation / world and upholding our democratic values, ”Bahran said.
About the Los Alamos National Laboratory (www.lanl.gov)The Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science in the name of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service-oriented national security scientific organization owned equally by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) and the University of California (UC) regents for the National Nuclear Security Administration of the Department of Energy. Los Alamos strengthens national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the US nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats against weapons of mass destruction and solve problems related to energy, the environment, infrastructure, to global health and security.