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NNSA Releases Strategic Plan, Goals for the Next Decade
May 18, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today released its new 2011 Strategic Plan, which details how NNSA will invest in the future, build the nuclear security enterprise required to implement President Barack Obama’s nuclear security agenda and enhance global security, and continue to improve the way it does business.  As we work to build “OneNNSA,” a single integrated enterprise that is organized to successfully complete the NNSA mission, the 2011 Strategic Plan will serve as an outline of NNSA’s goals for the next decade and a guide for its planning, programming, and budgeting processes.

In a message included in the Strategic Plan, Administrator Thomas D’Agostino writes:  “We are building on the Nation’s renewed commitment to nuclear security. To enhance global and national security, the NNSA is strengthening its ability to ensure that we have the people, tools, and information required to address the broader set of national security needs, including renewal of our facilities. We will execute our mission with the high level of safety, security, ethical, fiscal, and environmental responsibility the Nation expects.”

Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the release of its own 2011 Strategic Plan, which highlights DOE’s emphasis on catalyzing the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation’s energy system and securing U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies; maintaining a vibrant U.S. effort in science and engineering as a cornerstone of our economic prosperity with clear leadership in strategic areas; enhancing nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation, and environmental efforts; and, establishing an operational and adaptable framework that combines the best wisdom of all Department stakeholders to maximize mission success.

The new NNSA Strategic Plan outlines the Administrator’s vision for how we will build “OneNNSA,” and how the nuclear security enterprise will implement the mission areas highlighted in the DOE Strategic Plan, including stockpile stewardship, nuclear nonproliferation, counterterrorism and emergency response, and powering the nuclear Navy.  

It highlights Administrator D’Agostino’s five key goals for NNSA and includes select initiatives to make those goals a reality.  The five goals are:

1.    Reduce nuclear dangers;
2.    Manage the nuclear weapons stockpile and advance naval nuclear propulsion;
3.    Modernize the NNSA infrastructure;
4.    Strengthen the science, technology, and engineering base; and,
5.    Drive an integrated and effective enterprise.

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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.