WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino today highlighted the Obama Administration’s commitment to nuclear security in remarks delivered during the 2011 annual conference of the Energy Communities Alliance.
In highlighting the partnership between NNSA and the communities that host NNSA sites, D’Agostino outlined the critical investment in the future included in the FY 2012 Budget Request. D’Agostino noted that investing in the infrastructure required to implement the president’s nuclear security agenda would benefit local communities.
Earlier this week, the president delivered a FY 2012 budget request that includes $11.78 billion for NNSA, an increase of 5.1 percent from the $11.2 billion requested for FY 2011. It includes $7.6 billion for the Weapons Activities appropriation, $2.5 billion for NNSA’s nuclear nonproliferation program, and $1.1 billion for NNSA’s Naval Reactors Program.
The following are excerpts of D'Agostino's remarks as prepared for delivery:
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.