WASHINGTON, D.C. – In testimony before the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee (HEWD) of the House Committee on Appropriations, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D'Agostino today said President Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Request provides the necessary resources to invest in the future of the nuclear security enterprise, implement the president’s nuclear security agenda, and improve the way the NNSA does business.
Administrator D’Agostino was joined by Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook in discussing the resources requested for NNSA’s weapons activities account. 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 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 Administrator D’Agostino’s opening remarks as prepared for delivery during this morning’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.