Jerud E. Hanson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jerud Hanson is the founder and CEO of USA Nuclear, a consulting firm of professionals specializing in providing expertise relating to nuclear non-proliferation defense and security, protection of critical infrastructure and cybersecurity. USA Nuclear’s efforts are highly focused on assisting government and non-government organizations in matters critical to national security and defense.

Hanson has over 25 years of experience working with the government and private sector on issues related to critical infrastructure protection, nuclear security, cybersecurity, and defense. He currently leads USA Nuclear in working with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Non-Proliferation, DOE national laboratories, nuclear private sector and other NGOs in efforts related to ensuring national security and defense of critical infrastructure and nuclear materials; both domestically and abroad.

Prior to forming USA Nuclear in 2018, Hanson spent 10 years at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, DC, which is the policy organization for the U.S. nuclear industry and represents the nuclear private sector in addressing generic technical and regulatory issues before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), as well as policy and legislative activities with Congress and the Executive Branch. During his career at NEI, he worked closely with the nuclear industry and NRC to establish multiple policies impacting physical protection and cybersecurity across the entire U.S. nuclear reactor fleets. He led industry-wide technical and engineering activities ranging from the Subsequent License Renewal program to sustain commercial nuclear production in the U.S. for 80 years and beyond, to the Digital Instrumentation and Control initiative to upgrade and modernize safety and non-safety systems across the nuclear reactor fleets.  

From 2002 until joining NEI in 2009, he was a member of the Security Division at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California, where he was responsible for overseeing physical protection of the site, managing safeguards to programs and projects, and ensuring the site’s compliance with Federal nuclear security regulations and policy.

Prior to beginning his career as a nuclear professional, Hanson served in the U.S. Marines. He holds a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership and a master’s in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University in California. He successfully completed the Project Management Professional Program (PMP) at CalTech and the Nuclear Power Plant Safety Program for Utility Executives at MIT.