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D'Agostino will stay at the helm of the nuclear weapons complex

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By The Staff

After months of hesitation and uncertainty, the White House announced today that Thomas D’Agostino will continue in his current role as an Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency under the Department of Energy responsible for the national nuclear complex that includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In selecting D’Agostino among other appointments announced this morning President Barack Obama said, “The dedication and talent of these individuals will be tremendously valuable to my administration as we work to tackle our challenges at home and abroad, and I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Thomas Paul D’Agostino was sworn-in on Aug. 30, 2007 as the Undersecretary for Nuclear Security at the U.S. Department of Energy and the Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and he will continue in the dual capacity.

NNSA’s responsibilities include designing, producing, and maintaining safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons for the U.S. military, providing safe, militarily effective naval nuclear propulsion plants, responding to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad and promoting international nuclear safety and nonproliferation.  

Prior to serving as Administrator, D’Agostino served as the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs at NNSA and directed the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which is responsible for maintaining the safety, security, and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.  

He was also previously the Deputy Director for the Nuclear Weapons Research, Development, and Simulation Program where he directed the formulation of the programs and budget for the research and development program that supports the Stockpile Stewardship Program.

He spent over eight years on active duty in the Navy as a submarine officer to include assignments onboard the USS SKIPJACK (SSN 585) and with the Board of Inspection and Survey where he was the Main Propulsion and Nuclear Reactor Inspector.

D’Agostino earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy, his masters in Business Finance from Johns Hopkins University and his masters in National Security Studies from the Naval War College as a distinguished graduate.