In second day of hearings, Administrator highlights NNSA Budget Request for Nonproliferation and Naval Reactors Programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a second consecutive day of testimony before the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee (HEWD) of the House Committee on Appropriations, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D'Agostino today highlighted the investments the FY 2012 budget request seeks for NNSA’s naval reactors and nuclear nonproliferation programs. Administrator D’Agostino was joined by Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and Admiral Kirkland Donald, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors.
The budget request for FY 2012 includes $11.8 billion for NNSA, an increase of 5.1 percent from the FY 2011 budget request. It includes $2.5 billion for NNSA’s Nuclear Nonproliferation program, and $1.1 billion for NNSA’s Naval Reactors program.
The following are excerpts of Administrator D’Agostino’s opening remarks as prepared for delivery during this morning’s hearing:
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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.