NNSA LDRD Symposium Set For Wednesday, June 9

Press Release
Jun 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will hold the 2010 NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Symposium at the University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave N.W. in Washington, D.C.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Reducing the Global Danger of Weapons of Mass Destruction.” This all-day event will explore LDRD investments that NNSA national laboratories and sites are making to protect the nation from weapons of mass destruction. The symposium will include presentations from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Nevada Test Site, and the NNSA production sites.

Symposium topics will include nuclear counterterrorism, arms control and treaty monitoring, and countering biological and chemical threats. Scheduled keynote presenters include: Steven Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy; Tara O'Toole, Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State; and John Phillips, Chief Scientist, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

A panel of officials from NNSA and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency will discuss current and future technical R&D challenges facing the nation’s security from weapons of mass destruction. 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.

WHO: NNSA program scientists, engineers, and managers will explore LDRD investments that NNSA national laboratories and sites are making to protect the nation from weapons of mass destruction.

WHAT: NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development Symposium

WHEN: Wednesday, June 9. Poster session from 12:15 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. See agenda at: http://tri-lab.lanl.gov/images/stories/ldrd2010_symposiumagenda.pdf PDF file 

WHERE: University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave N.W. Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: NNSA Public Affairs, 202-586-7371

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce 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 United States and abroad.