NNSA turns 10

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Organization celebrates milestone with a series of events

By Special to the Monitor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a series of events aimed at highlighting a decade of success across the nuclear security enterprise.  

The centerpiece of the program was an agency-wide ceremony a the Department of Energy’s Forrestal Building featuring remarks by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Rep. Mac Thornberry, NNSA Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino, Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher and former administrators John Gordon and Ambassador Linton Brooks.  

“NNSA is an indispensable part of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda, a leading driver of science and discovery in America, and a critical part of this department’s vision for the future,” Chu said.

“The importance of NNSA’s work will only grow in the years ahead and I am confident that this team is up to the task. Thank you for everything you do every day to keep the American people and our allies safe.”

NNSA also marked its 10th anniversary by unveiling a new, relaunched NNSA Web site that highlights NNSA’s core messages and key accomplishments in a cleaner, more modern format.

The new website features a historical timeline, interactive nuclear security enterprise map, multimedia galleries and a human resources section where prospective employees can find out more about working at NNSA.  

To view the new Web site, visit www.nnsa.


“This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate 10 years of accomplishments with the hard-working, talented people who make our mission possible,” D’Agostino said.

Congress established the NNSA as a semi-autonomous, separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000. The theme of this year’s 10-year anniversary celebration is “Honoring Our Past, Securing Our Future.”  That theme, chosen by the NNSA workforce in an online vote, reflects NNSA contributions to the security of the American people and our allies.

As part of the new 10th anniversary celebration, the new NNSA Web site features a special page highlighting the most important accomplishments of the last decade.  

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the DOE 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.

Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.