The Carnegie Endowment’s Nuclear Policy Program had the honor to present the inaugural Thérèse Delpech Memorial Award on April 9 at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference to Ambassador Linton F. Brooks. 

The award is offered, every other year, to an individual who has rendered exceptional service to the nongovernmental nuclear policy community. While exceptional service includes major intellectual contributions to critical debates, it also encompasses the time-consuming and often unrecognized work needed to sustain and strengthen our community: mentoring young women and men, constructively critiquing the work of others, creating fora for discussion, and building networks. Such activities benefit the community as a whole in its efforts to reduce nuclear dangers. Importantly, the award is also intended to recognize individuals who, through friendship, collegiality, and respect, help mold a collection of individual researchers into a community worthy of the name. 

In short, the award recognizes exceptional creativity, integrity, humanity, and amity—four qualities embodied by Thérèse Delpech, a long-time strategic adviser to the French Atomic Energy Commission, an author, and a distinguished public intellectual. Thérèse passed away in January 2012; as we planned our 2013 conference we realized that she would be sorely missed, and that one way to celebrate her life would be to establish an award in her name. 

No one better embodies the qualities we seek to recognize with this award than its first winner, Linton Brooks. Following a long and distinguished career in government service, Linton has made—and is continuing to make—tremendous contributions to the nongovernmental nuclear policy community, in particular through his dedication to mentoring successor generations. As we noted on the award plaque, Linton is “second to none” in the wisdom, creativity, humor, and nonpartisan leadership he brings to this field. 


Linton Brooks is an independent consultant on national security issues, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University, and an adviser to six U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. Ambassador Brooks served from July 2002 to January 2007 as administrator of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, where he was responsible for the U.S. nuclear weapons program and for DOE’s international nuclear nonproliferation programs. His government career has included service as deputy administrator for nuclear nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration, assistant director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, chief U.S. negotiator for the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, and director of defense programs and arms control on the National Security Council staff. Ambassador Brooks holds degrees in physics from Duke University and in government and politics from the University of Maryland, and he is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.