Jimmie CollinsSenior Energy Advisor
U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)
Jimmie Collins is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Combatant Command (COCOM) Energy Advisor to U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Headquarters, at Camp H.M. Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this position, she handles a broad range of strategic energy and proliferation issues, provides advice and in-depth analysis, and serves as the link between DOE, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and PACOM, with critical reach-back capacity to DOE’s broad range of technical, scientific, and policy assets. Ms. Collins has cross-directorate responsibilities at PACOM and is the first DOE Energy Advisor to serve at PACOM Headquarters.
Before joining the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), Ms. Collins worked for the NNSA, the semi-autonomous arm of DOE charged with: 1) the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons; 2) nuclear nonproliferation; 3) and naval reactor programs; and 4) response to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad.
As a Foreign Affairs Specialist in NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Ms. Collins originated and managed the Counter-Trafficking System Development (CTSD) effort to support NNSA’s mission to deter and detect illicit transfers of materials and equipment of concern and enhancement of foreign partner capabilities to interdict illicit trafficking of such materials and equipment. Ms. Collins managed CTSD’s programmatic and project implementation activities, doubling the effort’s resources over the course of a single fiscal year. She established a strategic engagement approach and fielded a variety of outreach and capacity building activities in the Middle East and Africa. She led a diverse multi-NNSA laboratory team in the development of training curriculum for five week-long courses covering border security system management and analysis; equipment and technology design, testing, evaluation, and integration; and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) commodities of interest to non-state actors. She also directed and provided analysis of proliferation, terrorism, and criminal network convergence and developed detailed system-wide national capacity building plans in partnership with foreign partners. Her work in developing the comprehensive, innovative approach of CTSD gained considerable attention from both public and private constituencies, and Ms. Collins was often asked to consult with a wide variety of industry, government, and non-governmental entities. Her incorporation of all such relevant organizations into CTSD established the program as a preeminent outreach integrator.
Prior to her work with DOE, Ms. Collins served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department specializing in security and proliferation issues in the South Asia region. Previous to this, she spent thirteen years with the Department of Defense serving in a variety of positions, most notably as an installation-level manpower and force structure analyst.
Ms. Collins graduated from Park University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management and went on to earn a Masters of Public Administration degree from The University of Oklahoma. Her federal career, spanning twenty five years, includes tours in Japan and Bangladesh; travels throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa; and numerous awards, including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.