Tighe assumes a leadership role in nuclear security | News, Sports, Jobs
WEBSTER CITY — A man who grew up in Webster City now runs a national nuclear security firm.
Richard Tighe has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC. This company manages and operates the Pantex factory in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Oak Ridge site was one of the first nuclear power plants in the United States. Workers there helped build the atomic bombs that were used to end World War II.
Tighe started his new job on Tuesday.
“My career in national security has helped prepare me for this important and exciting role and I look forward to getting to work and helping the Patriots of Pantex and Y-12 continue to fulfill the ‘important national security mission that the nation trusts us to perform’, he said in a written statement.
Tighe came to Consolidated Nuclear Security from National Aeropsace Solutions, a contractor for the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base near Tullahoma, Tennessee. He was president and general manager of this company.
He previously worked for Bechtel in various capacities. He worked for Lockheed Martin at the Nevada Test Site for more than a decade, eventually becoming Deputy General Manager for High Risk Testing and Evaluation.
Tighe earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Loras College in Dubuque. He then earned a doctorate in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He was a postdoctoral fellow in nuclear science at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.