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NNSA Sites to Discuss Ways to Reduce Global Danger of Weapons of Mass Destruction at LDRD Symposium June 9

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the 2010 NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Symposium will be held June 9 at the University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave NW in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is “Reducing the Global Danger of Weapons of Mass Destruction.”

This all-day event will explore LDRD investments that NNSA national laboratories and sites are making to protect our nation from weapons of mass destruction. The symposium will include presentations from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Nevada Test Site, and the NNSA production sites.

“The LDRD program is critical to keeping NNSA and its national laboratories and sites in the frontlines of science and technology and to recruiting and retaining the next generation of nuclear security professionals,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino. “This year’s LDRD symposium will once again bring together NNSA’s researchers to discuss important issues that impact our national security missions.”

The LDRD program promotes highly innovative and exploratory research to respond to present national security mission needs and anticipate future ones. The program funds projects that pursue technological solutions to the most urgent challenges facing our nation or that promote science and engineering foundations that will lead to new research and development.

The LDRD program constitutes one of the principal means to seed innovative science and new research directions. Based on ideas that come from current research challenges or bold original concepts that anticipate the nation’s future needs, LDRD projects make it possible for the NNSA top scientists and engineers to pursue leading-edge R&D that keeps NNSA’s sites at the forefront of science and technology in its mission areas.

Symposium topics will include nuclear counterterrorism, arms control and treaty monitoring, and countering biological and chemical threats.

Scheduled keynote presenters include: Steven Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy; Tara O'Toole, Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State; and John Phillips, Chief Scientist, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

A panel of officials from NNSA and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency will discuss current and future technical R&D challenges facing our nation's security against weapons of mass destruction.

For more information on the symposium and to register for the event, visit the LDRD website at: offsite link.  A registration fee of $30 is required for this event and includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a program booklet. For more information about this year’s symposium call (505) 667-1235 or email

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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.