Happy Anniversary! This week, we at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) celebrate the stand-up of our agency.
Congress established NNSA in 2000 as a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy to manage and ensure the security of the Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, advance nuclear nonproliferation, and provide critical support to the Nuclear Navy. Much has happened in the last 15 years. Our mission has evolved to address our changing world. Managing the weapons stockpile without underground weapons testing is only one of many NNSA remarkable achievements.
You should be proud to be a part of this vital organization. Each and every day, you and others across the national nuclear security enterprise play a critical role in enhancing America’s security, reducing nuclear dangers, and advancing scientific discovery. Without your strong commitment to NNSA meeting its critical missions, the national security of the United States would not be as strong as it is today.
We have a busy year ahead of us. This week, we begin a series of Congressional hearings on our budget request for fiscal year 2016. This year’s request reflects the high priority the Administration places on all of programs, with a proposed 10.2 percent increase across the board and proposed increases in all four of our major appropriations categories.
The next 15 years promises to be as eventful as the last were. Going forward, NNSA will continue to meet the needs of the Nation, while ensuring we are being effective and efficient stewards of the taxpayers’ money.
Thank you for everything you do on behalf of the American people. Happy Anniversary!
Frank Klotz and Madelyn Creedon
“Mission First, People Always.”