FY2011 Budget Request a Critical Step toward Implementing President Obama's Nuclear Security Vision

Press Release
Feb 1, 2010

FY2011 Budget Request a Critical Step toward Implementing President Obama's Nuclear Security VisionRequest Seeks $11.2 Billion to Manage the Stockpile, Secure Vulnerable Nuclear Material, Recapitalize Infrastructure, and Continue Cost-saving Management Reforms

WASHINGTON, DC – The President's FY2011 Budget Request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), delivered to Congress this morning, highlights the critical role NNSA plays in implementing the nuclear security agenda President Obama outlined in his Prague speech last April and repeated in last week's State of the Union address. 

The $11.2 billion request, up 13.4 percent from FY2010, makes much-needed investments in the infrastructure required to maintain the nuclear stockpile without nuclear testing, prevent nuclear proliferation, power the nuclear Navy and provide the Nation with world class nuclear counterterrorism and emergency response tools. 

"President Obama's budget request is an historic step toward implementing his unprecedented nuclear security agenda and highlights the vital role NNSA plays in keeping the American people safe," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino.  "It reflects the President's commitment to managing the stockpile without nuclear testing, working with our international partners to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years, recapitalizing the nuclear security enterprise, strengthening our ability to recruit the next generation of nuclear security experts, and continuing the management reforms that enable us to be effective stewards of the taxpayers' money.

"I applaud the President for his leadership on these issues and look forward to working with Congress to get this budget passed," said D'Agostino.

The President's budget request makes crucial investments in the infrastructure required to maintain a modern, sustainable nuclear security enterprise and strengthen our ability to recruit, train and retain the skilled people we need to maintain our nuclear capabilities. 

It requests more than $7 billion for the Weapons Activities appropriation, up $624 million from FY2010. It includes more than $2.0 billion for Stockpile Support activities (up $405 million, or 25 percent); $1.6 billion for Science, Technology and Engineering (up $153 million, or 10.4 percent); and more than $2.3 billion for Infrastructure (up $102.6 million, or 4.7 percent) – including funding for major long-term construction projects to replace aging and expensive-to-maintain buildings that house critical capabilities for plutonium and uranium. 

The President is also requesting close to $2.7 billion for NNSA's Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation program, a 25.8 percent increase over FY2010.  This investment highlights the President's commitment to securing all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years and NNSA's crucial role in achieving that goal. 

The Fissile Materials Disposition programs would increase by 47 percent – an increase of $328.8 million – to continue construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility and related facilities in support of U.S. plutonium disposition activities and includes the first $100 million of a $400 million U.S. commitment to support Russian plutonium disposition activities.

The budget requests $225.3 million in additional funding for NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) – an increase of 67 percent – to accelerate the removal and disposition of high-priority vulnerable nuclear material overseas and convert additional HEU-fueled research reactors to the use of proliferation-resistant low enriched uranium fuel. 

The budget request includes an $18.1 million increase for the International Material Protection and Cooperation program to support additional nuclear security upgrades and to expand cooperation with countries outside of Russia and the former Soviet Union.

The President has also requested more than $1 billion for NNSA's Naval Reactors program, an increase of 13.3 percent, to support design and development work on the OHIO-class ballistic missile submarine replacement, the refueling of the S8G land-based nuclear prototype located in upstate New York, and NNSA's efforts in support of recapitalization of the program's spent nuclear fuel infrastructure. 

Finally, the FY2011 budget request will position NNSA to continue to promote proactive, sound management reforms that save money, improve the way we do business, and make the enterprise more efficient. For example, NNSA's Defense Nuclear Security program has initiated a Zero-Based Security Review that will lead to efficiencies in our security program and help drive down costs while sustaining the core physical security capabilities at our sites.

Similarly, NNSA's Supply Chain Management Center has saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and helps create a 21st century procurement system.  The President's budget request will enable NNSA to continue those reforms.

For a three-page summary of the Budget Request or to download the entire NNSA FY2011 Budget Request, click here.

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 Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.

 

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