Anastasio, D'Agostino testify at U.S. Senate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In testimony before the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D'Agostino Wednesday said President Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Request provides the resources required to invest in the future of the nuclear security enterprise, implement the president’s nuclear security agenda, and improve the way the NNSA does business.

Also testifying Wednesday was Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio. The transcript of his testimony is attached at the end of this story.
Administrator D’Agostino was joined by the directors of NNSA’s three national security laboratories – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories – as well as NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook and Admiral Kirkland Donald, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors.
The following are excerpts of Administrator D’Agostino’s opening remarks as prepared for delivery:   
·         ON NNSA’S RESPONSE TO THE SITUATION IN JAPAN:  “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan during this very difficult time. To assist in the response, we have deployed 45 people and more than 17,200 pounds of equipment, including NNSA’s Aerial Measuring System and Consequence Management Response Teams.  Our response teams on the ground are utilizing their unique skills, expertise and equipment to help our partners in Japan.”

·         ON THE PRESIDENT’S COMMITMENT TO NNSA: “The resources President Obama is requesting for FY 2012 make a critical investment in the future of the nuclear security enterprise, which will allow us to continue to implement his nuclear security agenda and respond to crises like the one in Japan.”

·         ON NONPROLIFERATION AS A NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITY: “President Obama has made strengthening nuclear security and the nuclear nonproliferation regime one of his top priorities.  As he said in his speech in Prague in April 2009, the threat of a terrorist acquiring and using a nuclear weapon is the most immediate and extreme threat we face. This budget makes the investments needed to continue to implement the President’s nuclear security agenda.”

  • ON INVESTING IN THE FUTURE: “This budget request reflects the commitment President Obama made last November to invest more than $85 billion over the next decade to assure the safety, security and effectiveness of our nuclear stockpile and to modernize the nuclear security infrastructure and revitalize the science and technology base that supports our full range of nuclear security missions.”