WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the 2009 NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Symposium will be held Aug. 19 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year's conference is "Innovation for Our Nation: Strengthening America's Infrastructure Security."
The symposium will include presentations from Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Nevada Test Site, and the NNSA production sites.
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 keeps NNSA's national laboratories at the forefront of science and technology and allows us to address emerging threats while attracting and nurturing the best talent in the world," said NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino. "As a result of our nation's investment in nuclear security, our nuclear security enterprise is in a position to generate landmark accomplishments for peers to emulate and the nation to utilize."
The all-day symposium on Aug. 19 will look at current and future LDRD investments that the NNSA national laboratories, site and plants are making to protect the nation's critical infrastructure from terrorism, sabotage, global climate change and natural disasters. Symposium topics include cyber systems, power grid, energy resources, borders and seaports, bioterrorism, and transportation systems.
The symposium will include a keynote presentation by William Brinkman, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, and William Bryan, deputy assistant secretary, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. They will both set the context for science and technology challenges in infrastructure security.
Additionally, scientists, engineers, and managers in the NNSA LDRD program will describe ongoing research in areas that affect critical infrastructure security issues, and a panel of officials from industry, academia and government will discuss the current and future research and development challenges facing our nation's critical infrastructure from a technical perspective.
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