NNSA Established

March 01, 2000
NNSA Established
Washington, DC

The Department activates the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), meeting the statutory deadline established by the FY 2000 defense authorization act. NNSA's mission is to carry out the national security responsibilities of the Department of Energy, including maintenance of a safe, secure, and reliable stockpile of nuclear weapons and associated materials, capabilities, and technologies; promotion of international nuclear safety and nonproliferation; and administration and management of the naval nuclear propulsion program. The agency includes the former Offices of Defense Programs, Nonproliferation and National Security, and Naval Reactors. President Clinton nominates General John A. Gordon to serve as the Department's Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.