Larry W. Brown served as a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board from 2006 to 2011. After completing one term, in February 2011, he returned to private law practice specializing in nuclear safety and environmental remediation law. He is also an Adjunct Professor and teaches a course in Atomic Energy Law at the George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC.
In 2001. Mr. Brown was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the Senior Policy Advisor for nuclear, spent fuel and non-proliferation, and nuclear security issues. In this role he provided recommendations on a broad cross-section of key issues to the Office of Nuclear Energy, the Office of Environmental Management, the Office of Non-proliferation and International Security, the Under Secretary, and the Deputy Secretary of Energy.
As a DOE Senior Policy Advisor he coordinated efforts to capture value from the government’s uranium inventories, while encouraging private industry to modernize nuclear fuel cycle facilities in the United States. His efforts contributed to the resolution of private claims for prior transfers of 9,950 tons of contaminated natural uranium, decontamination of nearly 15,000 tons of technetium contaminated natural uranium, and recognition of the value of the government’s large inventory of high assay depleted uranium. At the end of his term at DOE, the stagnant U.S. uranium enrichment industry, which previously had no concrete plans for deployment of new enrichment technology, had begun two privately funded technology development and deployment initiatives.
In 2005 the Deputy Secretary of Energy directed him to lead the DOE Task Force that developed the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), subsequently a Presidential initiative, with the objective of eliminating the major impediments to the expansion of commercial nuclear energy, including -- on a global scale -- closing the nuclear fuel cycle, reducing commercial nuclear waste and stemming the illicit spread of sensitive nuclear technologies. In 2006 Mr. Brown was presented the Secretary of Energy’s Silver Award in special recognition of his work on the President’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.
His last position at the Department of Energy was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Corporate Business Operations in the Office of Nuclear Energy where he spearheaded implementation of the GNEP international initiative. Subsequently, GNEP was embraced by all the world’s major nuclear power nations, and many others, and its non-proliferation elements continue to be important elements of United States policy.
In 2006 he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. While serving on the Board, Mr. Brown visited all U.S. defense nuclear sites multiple times, focusing attention on health physics, the facilities material condition, formality of operations, and safety issues associated with wet chemistry operations. In addition he has highlighted the importance of DOE establishing the robust nuclear safety research and development program, and strengthening government contractor oversight principally through thoroughly qualified and adequately staffed Facility Representative (FACREP) programs at each defense nuclear site.
Mr. Brown has spoken frequently at public events and nuclear safety workshops and participated in conferences on the future of commercial nuclear power. In 2010 he gave presentations on “The 1969 Fire at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant,” the “Hydrogen Safety Strategy at Defense Nuclear Facilities,” and the need for “Probabilistic Risk Assessment” in DOE safety analysis.
Prior to 2001, Mr. Brown served thirty-two years on active duty in the United States Navy. He began his military service as a Seaman Recruit and retired as a United States Navy Captain after having served onboard ten ships, including nuclear submarines, destroyers, frigates, supply ships, and a nuclear aircraft carrier. Early in his career he qualified in nuclear plant operations on three naval nuclear reactors.
His last two sea tours were as Commanding Officer of the Guided Missile Destroyer USS LUCE (1989-91), and of the Guided Missile Frigate USS MAHLON S. TISDALE (1991-92), respectively. While serving as Commanding Officer, his ships earned many awards including the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and the Squadron nomination for the Pacific Fleet Lamps (Helicopter) Safety Award. During his military career, the Navy awarded six personal awards, including the Legion of Merit for service on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).
Following his service in the Navy, he completed law school and subsequently worked as an attorney before joining President George W. Bush’s Administration.
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998. He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
M.A., United States Naval War College, Newport, RI, 1993, (National Security and Strategic Studies).
B.A., University of Colorado, 1972. (Physics)