United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Richard J.K. Stratford

Richard J.K. Stratford is the Director of the Office of Nuclear Energy, Safety, and Security in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.  He is responsible for the guidance on international nuclear energy affairs, nuclear export control policies, nuclear cooperation agreements, nuclear safety, physical protection, radioactive source security, and international initiatives in nuclear energy technology.

Mr. Stratford is a frequent U.S. delegate to the General Conference of the International Atomic energy Agency (IAEA), where he has represented the United States in the IAEA’s Committee of the Whole.  Mr. Stratford chaired the Committee of the Whole in 1997 and 2005 and was one of the two Vice-Chairmen in 1999.  Mr. Stratford’s office is responsible for overseeing the diplomatic aspects of U.S. participation in the Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD, and in April 2006, Mr. Stratford was elected to be the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the NEA.

Mr. Stratford is the U.S. Head of Delegation to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the NSG’s Consultative Group, and to the NPT Exporters Committee (Zangger Committee).  He was the U.S. Head of Delegation and chief negotiator of the Nuclear Safety Convention and the Joint Convention on the Safe Management of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste.  He led the U.S. efforts to negotiate amendments to strengthen the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and was the Head of Delegation to the CPPNM Diplomatic Conference.  He was the Head of Delegation in the negotiation of the “123” agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation with Russia and India, as well as the US/India reprocessing agreement completed in 2010.  He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service.

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