NNSA Administrator: FY2011 Budget a "Direct and Tangible Display" of Commitment to Nonproliferation D'Agostino Highlights Nonproliferation Budget in Remarks to INMM Conference
WASHINGTON, DC – In his first public remarks since the President's FY2011 Budget Request was sent to Congress on Monday, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D'Agostino called it a "direct and tangible display of the President's commitment to this mission, and a demonstration of the critical role NNSA plays in implementing the President's unprecedented nuclear security agenda."
Speaking to an Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) workshop on the upcoming Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, Administrator D'Agostino said the $2.7 billion President Obama requested for nonproliferation programs – up 25.8 percent from FY2010 – support strengthening global nonproliferation efforts by bolstering NNSA programs that play a critical role in meeting the President's goal of securing vulnerable nuclear material within four years.
D'Agostino also highlighted the connection between strengthening NNSA's infrastructure and strengthening nuclear nonproliferation efforts. As D'Agostino noted, "the same state-of-the art facilities and highly trained and motivated people that allow us to maintain our arsenal without testing also help meet the President's goal of securing vulnerable nuclear materials world-wide in the coming years."
The following are excerpts of Administrator D'Agostino's remarks as prepared for delivery (the full text can be found here):
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