Secretary of Defense Ash Carter honored Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz with the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, the department’s highest civilian honor.
Secretary Carter presented the award to Secretary Moniz at a ceremony at the Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 23 in recognition of Secretary Moniz’s leadership in strengthening the partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the DOE in support of vital national security missions.
“We face a nuclear landscape that continues to pose challenges,” Carter said. “Secretary Moniz has been a key player in helping to shape that landscape for decades, and for the better. He’s led numerous international efforts to counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, engaging international partners to improve nuclear safeguards, and made verifiable nuclear reductions.
“He also personally played an instrumental role in the technical analysis and negotiations to secure the historic deal that is preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. And of course supporting our nuclear deterrent mission and collaborating with DoD and all of our scientific challenges is only a part of what DOE does every day on behalf of the country.”
Secretary Moniz has served as Energy Secretary since May 2013. Prior to his nomination, he was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also has served as head of the physics department and Bates Linear Accelerator Center; founder of the MIT Energy Initiative; and Director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment.
He also served as Under Secretary of Energy from 1997 until 2001, where his work included a review of nuclear weapons stewardship and negotiations over the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. He served from 1995 to 1997 as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.