WASHINGTON, D.C. – In testimony before the Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D'Agostino today outlined the President’s Budget Request for FY2012.
Calling it “a critical investment in the infrastructure, the people, and the science, technology and engineering required to fulfill our missions,” Administrator D’Agostino said the FY2012 Budget Request provides the resources required to implement the president’s nuclear security agenda and improve the way the NNSA does business.
Submitted to Congress in mid-February, the budget request includes $11.8 billion for NNSA, an increase of 5.1 percent from the $11.2 billion requested for FY 2011. It includes $7.6 billion for NNSA’s defense programs, $2.5 billion for its nuclear nonproliferation program and $1.1 billion for NNSA’s naval reactors program.
The following are excerpts of Administrator D’Agostino’s opening remarks as prepared for delivery during this afternoon’s hearing:
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.