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Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz swore in Frank G. Klotz as the Department of Energy’s Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator in a private ceremony Thursday afternoon.
General Klotz was joined by his wife, Nancy, and Acting Administrator Bruce Held.
“I am very pleased that General Klotz has now been sworn in as the fourth Undersecretary of Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Admiration,” said Moniz. “With his years of service to our country, his vision for NNSA’s nuclear security programs, and his dedication to supporting the men and women of the organization, I am confident General Klotz will bring strong leadership and management to this critical Department of Energy mission. I look forward to working closely with Frank in support of the President’s nuclear security priorities.”
“The nuclear security enterprise has responsibility for an enduring and critically important national security mission,” Klotz said. “The United States is committed to maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear arsenal, as long as nuclear weapons exist. Our nation is also committed to leading international efforts to limit and reduce nuclear arsenals, prevent nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism, and secure nuclear materials across the globe.
“NNSA and the entire nuclear security enterprise are at the very center of all of these national security objectives. Moreover, the unique talents and skills we bring to each aspect of our mission enable success in all the others. What everyone in the enterprise does—regardless of organization, job, rank, or seniority — is vitally important,” Klotz said.
Klotz expressed his gratitude to President Barack Obama and Moniz, and praised Held for the work he’d done over the previous 10 months.
Following his confirmation, Klotz met with senior NNSA staff, a variety of interagency partners, and the directors of NNSA’s three national laboratories and the Nevada National Security Site. He will visit all NNSA sites during the coming weeks.