WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino today testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the New START Treaty and NNSA’s ability to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile under the Treaty. The Administrator highlighted the important role NNSA would have in implemented the New START Treaty, and reaffirmed that the treaty would have no effect on NNSA’s ability to maintain the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
Administrator D’Agostino joined Dr. James N. Miller, the Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, General Kevin P. Chilton, at today’s hearing.
The following are excerpts of the Administrator’s prepared remarks, which can be found at the NNSA News website:
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. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.