LAS VEGAS, NV – National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), the
company that runs the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), has named two vice
presidents “to help lead the company to the next level of excellence,” NSTec
President Jim Holt has announced.
Raffi Papazian has been named to the position of Vice President
for Program Integration. He will ensure that program execution at the national
security site is integrated across the company directorates to maximize
cross-utilization of personnel, leverage capabilities and facilities, and
coordinate program and business development. Papazian previously served as
Director of Defense Experimentation and Stockpile Stewardship (DE&SS) for
Roy Bridges has been named Vice President for Operations for the company. He will be in charge of all operations support elements at the NNSS. Bridges previously served as Vice President for Strategic Management.
“NSTec has established standards of excellence that rival any in
the nuclear security complex. Our goal is to continue building on that
success,” Holt said in his announcement.
As director of DE&SS, Papazian oversaw the deployment of a
wide range of science and technologies used to focus on experiments in weapons
science. A primary mission of the NNSS is to help ensure that the nation’s
nuclear weapons stockpile remains safe, reliable, and secure from our enemies.
Papazian previously managed the Mission and Project Division where
he and his team of program and project managers managed the portfolio of
activities in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Nuclear
Security Enterprise. He also was previously the Test Group Director of the Test
Office in the Dynamic Experimentation (DX) Division for Los Alamos National
Laboratory (LANL). His appointment to the Test Office was effective in May 1995
until his departure from LANL in November 2006.
Prior to becoming Test Director, Papazian was the Deputy Group
Leader at the NNSS for the Test Engineering (DX-17) group in DX Division. He
joined the LANL field test organization in 1984. His association at the NNSS
began in 1981 with the Westinghouse Electric Corp., Marine Division, as a field
engineer on the Peacekeeper test program at Jackass Flats and Vandenberg AFB.
His professional career began in 1981 as a design engineer for Texas
Instruments, Electro-Optics Division, designing airborne Department of Defense
components. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of