National Nuclear Science Week Day 4: NNSA Highlights Science of Nuclear Nonproliferation

Press Release
Jan 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is committed to promoting excellence in nuclear science and attracting the next generation of nuclear security experts to the field. As part of that effort, NNSA is celebrating National Nuclear Science Week with five days of features on the NNSA website that showcase the innovations and opportunities in nuclear science.

On day four of Nuclear Science Week, NNSA is highlighting the ways it works closely with a wide range of international partners, key U.S. federal agencies, the U.S. national laboratories, and the private sector to detect, secure, and dispose of dangerous nuclear and radiological materials. Today’s feature includes a video from NNSA’s Assistant Deputy Administrator for Nonproliferation and Verification Research and Development Jan Cerveny, who highlights the importance of promoting cutting edge nuclear science.

“Working with our international partners and our colleagues across the federal government, NNSA is proud to run the largest nuclear nonproliferation program in the world,” said Anne Harrington, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.  “A strong foundation in nuclear science is at the core of our effort to enhance global security by preventing terrorists and proliferators from getting their hands on nuclear materials.”

President Obama has outlined an ambitious nuclear security agenda that includes securing all vulnerable material around the world, preventing nuclear smuggling, and strengthening international efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and material.  NNSA’s strong expertise in nuclear science and engineering is the core of that effort.

Using the unique facilities and scientific skills of NNSA and Department of Energy national laboratories, and in partnership with industry and academia, R&D program efforts provide the technical base for national and homeland security agencies to meet their nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism responsibilities.

To see today’s Nuclear Science Week feature, visit www.nnsa.energy.gov/NuclearScienceWeek2011.

To see Day Three's Nuclear Science Week press release, click here.

To see Day Two's Nuclear Science Week press release, click here.

To see Day One's Nuclear Science Week press release, click here.


Video of NNSA’s Assistant Deputy Administrator for Nonproliferation and Verification Research and Development Jan Cerveny highlighting the importance of promoting cutting edge nuclear science:




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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.