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NNSA Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino Delivers Keynote Address for the 2011 TVC National Technology Summit

May 16, 2011

CHATTANOOGA, TN – In a
keynote address today before the 2011 Tennessee Valley Corridor National
Technology Summit, NNSA Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino highlighted the
important relationship between NNSA, the Y-12 National Security Complex, and
the Tennessee Valley. 

In an address titled “Investing
in NNSA is an Investment in the Tennessee Valley
,” Administrator
D’Agostino spoke about NNSA’s role in economic development and new jobs in the
Tennessee Valley, NNSA’s FY2012 budget request, and implementing President
Obama’s nuclear security agenda. 

The following are excerpts
of Administrator D’Agostino’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

ON THE URANIUM
PROCESSING FACILITY: “In addition to being one of the largest construction
projects in the Southeastern United States, UPF will also reinforce the vital
role that East Tennessee plays in keeping the American people safe and pushing
the frontiers of science and discovery.”

ON NNSA’S RESPONSE TO
THE SITUATION IN JAPAN: “Everyone in the NNSA is proud of the important role we
are playing in dealing with this tragedy.  It shows the commitment to
service and the excellence that exists across our enterprise.  It shows
what we are capable of when we act as One NNSA. And it highlights the
importance of the investments President Obama has requested for NNSA and the
Department.”

ON NNSA’S ROLE IN JOB
CREATION: “The mentor-protégé agreements allow protégé companies to benefit
from the expertise that is housed at Y‑12, and Y‑12 benefits from the
production capabilities of these industrial partners. 

We license the
technology to private industry, they develop a commercial product, and we
purchase the production unit for use at Y‑12. Private industry can do this
faster and cheaper than we can.  Local private sector jobs get created,
and we all win.”

ON FISCAL
RESPONSIBILITY: “But we must also recognize that Congress and the American
people have many competing demands for limited resources, and that our request
for additional investments comes at a time of acute financial stress for our
entire country.  While I believe nothing is more important than ensuring
our nation’s security, it is my responsibility to ensure that we can manage
these increased resources wisely.”

ON IMPROVING THE WAY
NNSA DOES BUSINESS: “For us, improving our project management is a part of
achieving our mission. To better ensure we bring major projects like UPF to
completion on time and on budget, we must ensure that we have qualified project
managers leading our major projects. We will set cost and schedule baselines on
construction projects when design work is 90 percent complete, and we will
subject those estimates to rigorous independent reviews.”

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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. 

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