NNSA and Rosatom Officials Share Nuclear Security Best Practices

Press Release
Jun 4, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that a delegation of U.S. Department of Energy and State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" (ROSATOM) officials completed a week-long effort aimed at sharing best practices in nuclear security. 

Led by Rosatom’s Deputy Director General Yevgeniy Sofyin, Rosatom experts met with NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Kenneth Baker, and Associate Administrator for Nuclear Security Brad Peterson in Washington, D.C.  The delegation then traveled to the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, Calif.

“The United States and Russia continue to foster close cooperation in the area of nuclear security,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino.  “Our nations have a unique responsibility to ensure the security of nuclear material around the world.  These meetings highlight our continued commitment to implementing the nuclear security agenda outlined by President Obama and President Medvedev.”

In his first visit to the U.S., Sofyin and his team were able to observe protection force-on-force demonstrations, performance testing of physical protection systems, and presentations on the practical implementation of personnel reliability programs at both Y-12 and LLNL.  The exchange is designed to enhance both parties’ understanding the challenges faced in nuclear security and the creative solutions devised to meet those challenges.

This week’s cooperation builds on the efforts of the U.S.-Russian Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Security Working Group, which was established under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission during the July 2009 Summit. 

As stated in their Joint Statement on Nuclear Cooperation, President Obama and President Medvedev recognized the special responsibility of the United States and Russia for security of nuclear weapons and agreed to broaden and deepen U.S.-Russian long-term cooperation to further increase the level of security of nuclear facilities around the world.

Photos of the visit to Y-12 and LLNL are available online offsite link.

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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 www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.