Lynchburg, Va.-based BWX Technologies [BWXT] this morning appointed Rob Smith as its president of government operations, which is a newly-created post.

In that role, Smith will lead the company’s nuclear operations and nuclear services segments. This includes work for the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and NASA. 

BWX Technologies is a partner at several legacy cleanup sites and active nuclear weapons sites and has a virtual monopoly on the Navy reactor business. The company is also chasing one of the biggest pieces of DoE nuclear business up for grabs this year, the 10-year NNSA site management contract for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas: both of which BWXT has managed before.

Smith, who will begin working at BWXT’s Virginia offices in January, most recently was vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s Radar and Sensors Systems Market Segment, a multi-billion-dollar operation that did business in 45 countries.

Before joining Lockheed Martin in 2008, Smith was vice president of Nantero’s Government Business Unit before it was acquired by Lockheed Martin. Smith has previously also worked for the National Security Agency in various engineering and leadership jobs.

The Smith hire was announced in a press release by BWXT’s president and CEO Rex Geveden. “His impressive technical and management credentials and sustained record of success in the aerospace and defense markets demonstrate his value to BWXT as we pursue new avenues of growth and exceptional operational performance,” the CEO said in the release.