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NNSA Celebrates National Nuclear Science Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As one of the nation’s premiere drivers of innovation in nuclear science, technology and engineering, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is committed to promoting excellence in nuclear science and attracting the next generation of nuclear security experts to the field.

As part of that effort, this week NNSA is celebrating National Nuclear Science Week with five days of features on the NNSA website that showcase the innovations and opportunities in nuclear science.

Today’s NNSA Nuclear Science Week feature highlights the role of nuclear science in national security. It includes a video of Dr. Njema J. Frazier, an NNSA physicist (see below), as well as information about NNSA’s defense programs. Each day this week, NNSA’s Nuclear Science Week page will feature a different way nuclear science is at the core of NNSA’s mission.

“I am proud to lead an organization with so many outstanding nuclear scientists working day and night to protect our nation’s security, enhance global security, and push the boundaries of science and discovery,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “We are committed to promoting excellence in nuclear science and attracting the next generation of nuclear security experts. NNSA’s strong expertise in nuclear science and engineering is demonstrated through the work done each day throughout the nuclear security enterprise.”

Maintaining a strong nuclear science base is critical to NNSA’s ability to enhance global security through nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and naval nuclear propulsion. NNSA’s ability to succeed in each of these areas is a result of the outstanding nuclear science and technology across our enterprise.

Visit NNSA’s Nuclear Science Week page at

Dr. Njema J. Frazier, an NNSA physicist, provides information about NNSA’s programs:

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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.