NNSA Symposium Highlights Areas of Physical Science Relevant to Stockpile Stewardship

Press Release
Feb 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is hosting the 2011 Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Symposium at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., Feb. 15-17.

The annual symposium gathers leaders from key academic disciplines that support NNSA’s efforts to maintain the nuclear deterrent without underground nuclear testing. This year’s symposium comes one day after the Obama Administration proposed a 3.1 percent increase in NNSA’s investment in science, technology and engineering for Fiscal Year 2012.

In a keynote address delivered today, Dr. Chris Deeney, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Stockpile Stewardship, talked about the importance of SSAA and highlighted the ways investing in the future of NNSA’s science and technology help support efforts to implement the President’s nuclear security agenda. The symposium also demonstrates NNSA’s commitment to revitalizing the science and technology base that supports the full range of nuclear security missions.

“As NNSA and the entire Obama Administration work to invest in the future of our science and research capabilities, symposiums like this help build user communities in areas of physical science that enhance our stockpile stewardship mission and support the full range of nuclear security missions,” said Dr. Deeney. “The symposium highlights the scientific research occurring across the nuclear security enterprise and enhances the collaboration between the academic efforts supported by the program and other NNSA-sponsored university outreach initiatives.”

The symposium highlights the accomplishments and promotes interaction among SSAA program participants, sponsors and the NNSA national laboratories. The symposium is geared toward NNSA-supported researchers with grants or cooperative agreements in the areas such as low energy nuclear science, the study of properties of materials under extreme conditions, high energy density physics, and grants awarded under the National Laser Users’ Facility Grant Program.

NNSA founded the SSAA to create opportunities for scientists in physics and other disciplines important to NNSA missions.

A representative from each grant/center is scheduled to give an overview of his or her work to date and associated plans. National laboratory and/or Department of Energy personnel will also give presentations on topics of general interest. All presentations and discussions are unclassified.

Yesterday, President Obama submitted to Congress a FY2012 budget request that includes $7.6 billion for NNSA weapons activities, up 8.9 percent from 2011. That budget request includes a significant investment in the NNSA’s ability to leverage the best science and research in the world to maintain our nuclear deterrent and modernize the infrastructure that supports it. It includes a 4.8 percent increase for the Stockpile Support programs, a 3.1 percent for Science, Technology and Engineering, and a 21 percent increase for NNSA’s Infrastructure component.

For more information about the symposium see http://www.orau.gov/ssaa2011/

For more information on NNSA’s FY2012 Budget Request visit http://nnsa.energy.gov/aboutus/budget
           
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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.