D'Agostino Highlights FY2011 Budget Request, Announces New NNSA Operating Principles at Second Annual Deterrence Summit
WASHINGTON, DC – During the opening session of the second annual Deterrence Summit today, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D'Agostino delivered a keynote address in which he highlighted the President's FY2011 NNSA budget request and announced a set of NNSA Operating Principles aimed improving operations across the nuclear security enterprise.
Administrator D'Agostino said the $11.2 billion budget request, an increase of 13 percent over FY2010, "reflects both the President's commitment to the unprecedented nuclear security agenda he outlined last year in his Prague speech, and the critical role NNSA plays in implementing that agenda." He also highlighted the connection between strengthening NNSA's infrastructure and strengthening nuclear nonproliferation efforts, saying "the same facilities, the same scientists, and the same core capabilities that support our stockpile also support these other missions."
Highlighting his commitment to ensuring that NNSA remains an effective steward of tax dollars, the Administrator summarized recent NNSA management reforms aimed at making the nuclear security enterprise more efficient and announced that he had recently signed new NNSA Operating Principles. Administrator D'Agostino said those Principles, which can be found at www.nnsa.doe.gov, will help ensure that NNSA "remains a highly performing, highly reliable enterprise that consistently delivers its mission."
The following are excerpts of Administrator D'Agostino's remarks as prepared for delivery:
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