WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a series of events aimed at highlighting a decade of success across the nuclear security enterprise. The centerpiece of the program was an agency-wide ceremony a the Department of Energy's Forrestal Building featuring remarks by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Congressman Mac Thornberry, NNSA Administrator Thomas P. D'Agostino, Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher and former Administrators John Gordon and Ambassador Linton Brooks.
"NNSA is an indispensable part of President Obama's nuclear security agenda, a leading driver of science and discovery in America, and a critical part of this Department's vision for the future," said Secretary Chu. "The importance of NNSA's work will only grow in the years ahead, and I am confident that this team is up to the task. Thank you for everything you do every day to keep the American people and our allies safe."
NNSA also marked its tenth anniversary's by unveiling a new, relaunched NNSA website that highlights NNSA's core messages and key accomplishments in a cleaner, more modern format. The new website features a historical timeline, interactive nuclear security enterprise map, multimedia galleries and a human resources section where prospective employees can find out more about working at NNSA. To view the new website, visit www.nnsa.energy.gov.
"This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate 10 years of accomplishments with the hard-working, talented people who make our mission possible," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "As we look back on a decade of success, we also look forward to years of continued progress and the implementation of an unprecedented nuclear security agenda that touches every facet of our agency."
Congress established the NNSA as a semi-autonomous, separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000. The theme of this year's 10-year anniversary celebration is "Honoring Our Past, Securing Our Future." That theme, chosen by the NNSA workforce in an online vote, reflects NNSA contributions to the security of the American people and our allies.
As part of the new tenth anniversary celebration the new NNSA website features a special page highlighting the most important accomplishments of the last decade. To view that feature, visit www.nnsa.energy.gov.
Highlights from the 10-year celebration, including remarks by Administrator D'Agostino and other dignitaries, will be posted to the website later this week.
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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. Visit http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/ for more information.
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