By Todd Stephen Sechser
Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.
Deputy Provost Marshal at United States Army North and Fifth US Army San Antonio, Texas. Past Senior Advisor, Defense Nuclear Security Senior Advisor, Defense Nuclear Security
Prior to returning to government service, Mr. Trapp served as a Principle Scientist with an engineering and consulting firm and as the Chief Security Officer for a major energy corporation. He has also served as Chairman of the San Antonio TX Chapter of ASIS International.
Colonel Trapp retired from the Air Force after 33 years of active duty service in 2008. Colonel Trapp has experience in intercontinental ballistic missile, heavy bomber, space operations, tactical fighter, composite expeditionary and special operations units around the world. He has also been assigned to Headquarters United States Air Force as well as the Air Forces Europe, Special Operations and Eighth Air Force headquarters staffs. The colonel has served as Commander for three expeditionary squadrons and established and commanded the Air Force’s largest Air Expeditionary Group supporting six US Army brigades throughout Iraq during four deployments to the Arabian Gulf.
Colonel Trapp’s nuclear experience with the Air Force includes: Operational and executive leadership in security for the Minuteman II ICBM system at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota; Nuclear alert fighters at Hahn AB in then West Germany; Strategic bomber operations and nuclear weapons storage at Barksdale AFB LA; Policy development and Nuclear Surety Inspection at HQ Eighth Air Force and Strategic Air Command, Barksdale AFB LA; Nuclear Security oversight and inspection at HQ United States Air Forces Europe. After retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Trapp developed the Nuclear Surety Inspection course, and taught the course at all locations across the Air Force. Most recently, he served with the National Nuclear Security Administration as a Senior Advisor developing oversight and and policy for operational sites and national laboratories across the US.
Mr. Trapp graduated from Utah State University with a degree in History. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer’s School and the Air Command and Staff College. He earned a master’s degree in Criminology, through the Air Force Institute of Technology, from The Florida State University, and completed Senior Service School as the National Defense Fellow at Harvard University. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for six colleges and universities.
Mr. Trapp is married to Dr. Kristi Trapp and has two children, Dr. Amber Dandekar and Aaron Trapp as well as two granddaughters and a grandson.