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John Scott

Division Leader, X-Theoretical Design, Los Alamos National Laboratory

John Scott is the Division Leader for X-Theoretical Design, the weapon physics design division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He started at LANL in 1998 as a postdoc in the weapon design division after completing his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. During his career, John has served as the system point of contact for two weapons systems and was the Lead Secondary Designer for the Reliable Replacement Warhead project at LANL. John served as a member of the ASC Predictive Science Panel from 2009 to 2013 and was the Project Leader for weapons performance metrics in the Advanced Certification program from 2009–2017. He also served as the Group Leader for the Integrated Design and Assessment Group within the Theoretical Design Division and as the Deputy Division Leader for stockpile work in the Theoretical Design Division.

Expertise & Interests

  • Nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear policy