Dr. Ric Schumacher is the Acting Director of the Office of Defense Coordination (ODC) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and facilitating key Laboratory-wide national security activities in collaboration with the Laboratory Director and senior management. As the ODC Director, he serves as the primary Laboratory interface to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Combatant Commands.
Prior to serving as the Director, Dr. Schumacher was a Group Leader in the ODC at LLNL. In this role, he supported senior LLNL managers and researchers in interactions with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), including strategic partnerships with the Military Departments, Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Combatant Commands, and Defense Agencies relating to U.S. national security programs within DOD and in the intelligence community.
In August 2018, Dr. Schumacher retired from the United States Army as a full Colonel after 27 years of distinguished service. In his last assignment, he served as the Deputy Director, Nuclear Deterrence Policy, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities.
As Deputy Director, Dr. Schumacher was responsible for developing, writing, coordinating, and implementing U.S. nuclear policy for both the Obama and Trump Administrations. Dr. Schumacher served as lead writer and Executive Secretary for the Obama Administration Presidential Policy Directive – 35, U.S. Nuclear Weapons Command and Control, Safety and Security. He also served as the Executive Secretary and writer for the Trump Administration 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. Additionally, Dr. Schumacher led a 150-person collaborative team within the Pentagon, focused on regional nuclear deterrence and operations which examined all aspects of regional nuclear deterrence.
Prior to his assignment at the Pentagon, Dr. Schumacher was an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY in the Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences.
Dr. Schumacher’s military career began in June 1991 serving as a Field Artillery officer and later as a Nuclear Operations and Counterproliferation officer. He has served in a variety of leadership positions from the platoon to Combatant Command level and is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations spanning his entire 27-year career.
Dr. Schumacher has a B.A. in Chemistry from Mercer University, M.S. in Chemistry from Washington State University, M.S. in Strategic Studies from the Air War College, and Ph.D. in Radiochemistry from Washington State University. He has six scientific publications and holds one patent in novel electrodes for lanthanides and actinides.