WASHINGTON, D.C. –National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Principal Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Ken Baker today delivered the keynote address during the opening session of the 32nd annual International Meeting on Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) in Lisbon, Portugal.
Baker highlighted NNSA’s efforts to work with its international partners to minimize the use of highly enriched uranium and its role in President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.
RERTR brings together nuclear security experts from more than 25 countries to discuss ways to minimize the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) through the conversion of research reactors and medical isotope production facilities to low enriched uranium (LEU) without losing the capability to complete necessary research and produce critical medical isotopes. The following are excerpts from Baker’s remarks as prepared for delivery. A full transcript is posted here:
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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.