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New principles disclosed

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By The Staff

WASHINTON, D.C. – A new set of operating principles for operations across the nuclear security enterprise were introduced by the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Speaking at the second annual Deterrence Summit today, NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino highlighted the President’s FY2011 budget request that includes an increase of 13 percent over last year’s budget.

D’Agostino said the $1.2 billion request,  “reflects both the President’s commitment to the unprecedented nuclear security agenda he outlined last year in his Prague speech, and the critical role NNSA plays in implementing that agenda.”  

The administrator also highlighted the connection between strengthening NNSA’s infrastructure and strengthening nuclear nonproliferation efforts, saying “the same facilities, the same scientists, and the same core capabilities that support our stockpile also support these other missions.”

Excerpts from his remarks included the following statements:

On the NNSA budget request: “This is an exciting time to be at NNSA and an opportune time to gather to discuss the future of NNSA and the nuclear security enterprise. Two weeks ago, the President submitted his FY2011 Budget to the Congress.  For the NNSA, our FY 2011 Budget Request of $11.2 billion is a 13 percent increase over FY2010.  This reflects both the President’s commitment to the

unprecedented nuclear security agenda he outlined last year in his Prague speech, and the critical role NNSA plays in implementing that agenda.”   

On investing in a 21st Century Nuclear Security Enterprise: “As Vice President Biden noted in his Wall Street Journal op-ed last month, investing in a modern, sustainable nuclear security infrastructure supports the full range of NNSA’s nuclear security missions — including stockpile stewardship, nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, nuclear forensics, counterterrorism and emergency response, powering the nuclear Navy, and monitoring arms control treaties. The same facilities, the same scientists, and the same core capabilities that support our stockpile also support these other missions.”

On management reform: “The FY2011 budget request reflects the expanded and essential role NNSA plays in addressing a critical national security mission.  Managing our growth will be critical to mission success.  We cannot expect Congress to simply trust us with these new resources.  NNSA, the Department and our contractors have a responsibility to work together to reduce unnecessarily burdensome requirements, reduce administrative and indirect costs, redirect savings to direct mission work, and make sure that we are doing the best job possible.”  

On NNSA’s new management operating principles: “Along that line, I am pleased to announce that we recently issued new NNSA Operating Principles that will implement the Department-wide management principles Deputy Secretary Poneman addressed earlier this morning.  These principles will ensure that NNSA remains a highly performing, highly reliable enterprise that consistently delivers its mission. They are the principles that guide our priorities, decision making process and collaboration and partnership with entities that perform our work.”

More on the operating principles are on the Web at www.nnsa.energy.gov/