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Biography

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PeopleInstitutions

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Donald M. Kerr

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Dates

April 8, 1939 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Kerr, Donald M.

Additional Forms of Names

Kerr, D. M. (Donald M.)

Kerr, Donald M., Jr.

Biography

Abstract

Donald M. Kerr was Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Office of the Director of National Intelligence (2007-2009). Other institutional affiliations included the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. His research interests include nuclear weapons and heavy ions.

Important Dates

April 8, 1939Birth, Philadelphia (Pa.).

1963Obtained BS, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1964Obtained MS, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1966Obtained PhD in Plasma physics, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1966 – 1976Researcher (1966-1971); Group Leader (1971-1973); Assistant, Director's Office (1973-1975); and Alternative Energy Division Leader, Director's Office (1975-1976), Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos (N.M.).

1974 – 1977Consultant, Navajo Science Committee.

1976 – 1979Department Manager (1976-1977); Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs (1977-1979); and Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology (1979), Nevada Operations Office, United States Department of Energy.

1979 – 1985Chair, Committee on Research and Development, International Energy Agency, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

1979 – 1985Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos (N.M.).

1985 – 1992Senior and Executive Vice President (1985-1989) and President and Director (1989-1992), EG & G, Inc, Wellesley (Mass.).

1987 – 1992Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Manufacturers.

1993 – 1996Corporate Executive Vice President, Science Applications International Corporation.

1996 – 1997Executive Vice President and Director, Information Systems Laboratories, Inc. (ISL, Inc.).

1997 – 2001Assistant Director, Laboratory Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

2001 – 2005Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency.

2005 – 2007Director, National Reconnaissance Office, United States Department of Defense.

2007 – 2009Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Occupation

Geophysicist.

Places

Birth

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Undergraduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Employment

Los Alamos (N.M.)

Wellesley (Mass.)

McLean (Va.)

Subjects

Geophysics.

Heavy ions.

Ionosphere.

Nuclear weapons.

Relationships

People

Colleagues

Agnew, Harold M.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Anderson, Herbert Lawrence

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Bowman, J. D. (J. David)

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Bradbury, Norris, 1909-1997

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Browne, John Charles, 1942-

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Campbell, David K.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Casten, R.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Clogston, Albert McCavour

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Duffield, Robert B.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Edwards, David F. (David Franklin)

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Feigenbaum, Mitchell J.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Fisk, Zachary

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Haxton, Wick C.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Hecker, Siegfried S.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Keyworth, George A., II, 1939-

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Knapp, Edward A.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Moss, Joel M.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Robertson, R. G. Hamish, 1943-

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Robinson, C. Paul

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Ulam, Stanislaw M.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Wheatley, John Charles

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Wiringa, Robert Bruce

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Zweig, George

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Additional

Waltz, Ronald E.

Institutions

Major Positions

EG & G, Inc.

Senior Vice President; Executive Vice President; President; and Director.

ISL, Inc.

Executive Vice President and Director.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Director.

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory

Researcher; Group Leader; Assistant, Director's Office; Alternative Energy Division Leader, Director's Office; and Director.

Science Applications International Corporation

Corporate Executive Vice President.

United States. Central Intelligence Agency

Deputy Director for Science and Technology.

United States. Department of Defense

Director, National Reconnaissance Office.

United States. Department of Energy

Department Manager; Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs; and Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology, Nevada Operations Office.

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant Director, Laboratory Division.

United States. Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (1963), MS (1964), and PhD in Plasma Physics (1966).

National Association of Manufacturers (U.S.)

Member, Board of Directors.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Chair, Committee on Research and Development, International Energy Agency.

United States. Energy Research and Development Administration

Consultant, Navajo Science Committee.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Special colloquium [sound recording] : Arms Control Panel / 1983 April 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Ronald E. Waltz, 2006 May 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

New directions in physics : the Los Alamos 40th anniversary volume / N. Metropolis, D.M. Kerr, Gian-Carlo Rota, editors.

Science, computers, and the information onslaught : a collection of essays / edited by Donald M. Kerr ... [et al.].

Welcome to Los Alamos / [foreword by Donald M. Kerr ; produced by the Information Services Division].