NNSA Administrator, Three Lab Directors Tour Key Weapons Facility

Press Release
May 8, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Gen. Frank G. Klotz, and the directors of Sandia, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories met today in Albuquerque, N.M., and toured a recently-completed facility at Sandia designed to ensure the continued stewardship of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without underground testing.

Test Capabilities Revitalization Phase 2 (TCR 2), a project that had previously been announced as delivered on-time and under-budget, conducts environmental testing on nuclear weapons components, including the B61 life extension program effort. Klotz will also tour facilities at Los Alamos while in New Mexico.

“In our meeting today, the three lab directors and I reaffirmed our commitment to work together as a team to ensure our nation’s nuclear arsenal remains safe, secure and effective,” said Klotz. “We are also united in our resolve to maintain the scientific and engineering capabilities essential to protecting America’s security, as well as that of our allies and partners.”

Paul Hommert, president and director of Sandia, said, “At Sandia, we have the tremendous responsibility and privilege of certifying, in partnership with Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories, the nation’s nuclear stockpile. With these updated test facilities, the nation can have increased confidence in our nuclear deterrent.”

“Los Alamos has a 70-year history of certifying the bulk of America’s nuclear stockpile,” said Charlie McMillan, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. “To ensure the enduring stewardship of the enterprise and its underlying science-based capabilities, tri-lab collaboration is more important than ever to meet commitments today, attract and retain complex-wide talent, and be positioned for future national security challenges, whatever they may be.”

William Goldstein, the newly appointed director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said, “The continued success of the stockpile stewardship program, and its critical contributions to nuclear deterrence, would not be possible without the expertise, efforts and resources of the three national security laboratories working together with NNSA. More than 6,000 Lawrence Livermore employees are dedicated to the Laboratory's mission of applying cutting edge science and technology to national security.”

Members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation welcomed the NNSA administrator to New Mexico on his first official trip as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security.

Sen. Tom Udall said, “I congratulate Administrator Klotz on his recent confirmation, and I am pleased he was able to see some of the vital work completed at New Mexico’s national labs during his tours of the facilities at Los Alamos, and the recently completed facility at Sandia. It is critical that our labs have up-to-date facilities and cutting-edge technology to fulfill their essential national security missions. I look forward to working further with Administrator Klotz on NNSA funding and reform to ensure that our labs can continue to fulfill their important stockpile stewardship and national security responsibilities.”

Sen. Martin Heinrich said, “I commend Sandia for the timely completion of this critical revitalization project. These upgrades will help keep the lab on the cutting-edge of technology to maintain its essential role in security and addressing the nation's most pressing challenges in science and engineering for years to come.”

Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham said, “I want to congratulate to the entire team on the TCR 2 project for completing it on time and $4 million under budget. The revitalization of these facilities will help Sandia National Laboratories perform its vital work in support of our nation’s security.”

A previous story on the successful TCR 2 project can be found here.

Photos of the event are available 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. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce 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 www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.