Frank A. Rose

Frank A. Rose was sworn in as the Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration on 2 August 2021. He was confirmed by the Senate on 30 July 2021.

In his role as Principal Deputy Administrator, Rose will lead cyber security, workforce development and staffing, and international outreach in addition to supporting the Administrator’s initiatives.

Prior to his nomination, Frank Rose was a senior fellow and the co-director of the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He focused on nuclear strategy and deterrence, arms control, strategic stability, missile defense, outer space, and emerging security challenges. From 2017-18, he served as Principal Director and Chief of Government Relations at the Aerospace Corporation.

Before that, Rose served at the U.S. Department of State as Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance from 2014-2017. In this position, he was responsible for advising the Secretary of State on a wide variety of Arms Control, Strategic Policy, Verification, and Compliance Issues. From 2009-2014, Rose served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy where he was responsible for key issues related to arms control and defense policy including missile defense, space security, chemical and biological weapons, and conventional arms control.

Prior to joining the State Department in June 2009, Rose held various national security staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rose has also held numerous positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction, and Policy Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. Before that, he worked as a National Security Analyst with Science Applications International Corporation and on the staff of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA).

Rose received his bachelor’s degree in history from American University in 1994 and a master’s degree in war studies from Kings’ College, University of London in 1999. He is also a recipient of numerous awards including: the Department of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award (2001); the Office of Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence (2002); the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service (2005); the State Department Superior Honor Award (2012); and the Ordinul National Serviciul Credincios (Knight) from Romania (2014), in acknowledgement for his role as the lead U.S. negotiator for the 2011 missile defense basing agreement.​