Younger departs as threat reduction chief

Younger departs as threat reduction chief

Stephen Younger, director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, has announced he will leave Feb. 27 to return to his previous job as a senior fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Younger, who came to DTRA shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, had served as senior associate director for national security at Los Alamos.

Michael Wynne, acting undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, praised Younger's leadership at DTRA. 'Arriving at his post only days before the attacks, he took stock of the agency's capabilities and immediately began responding to critical needs. I am grateful for the focus that he brought," Wynne said.

Younger was credited with developing a set of so-called playbooks to guide the agency should the United States be attacked with weapons of mass destruction. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, DTRA provided support for everything from war plans to weapons.

Younger's replacement has not been named.

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