Hearing to Receive Testimony on National Nuclear Security Administration Management of its National Security Laboratories and the Status of the Nuclear Security Enterprise in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program: Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 9, 2014   [open pdf - 94KB]

From the statement of Charles F. McMillan: "Recent budget guidance reduces our funding in three key areas: facility and maintenance; security; and our science, technology, and engineering base. Any reduction in facility budgets undermines mission capabilities, especially to sites such as Los Alamos, where infrastructure continues to age and, in some cases, dates back to the beginning of the cold war. Current requirements in the area of physical, cyber, and information security are outstripping our funding allocations and necessitate more prudent management decisions that balance risk and available funding. As I contemplate the body of science needed to continue assessing the safety and reliability of the stockpile in the future, underfunding our science base is increasingly risky today. I understand that budgets will not grow significantly. We've heard your message. Therefore, we must work with DOE [Department of Energy] and NNSA [National Nuclear Security Administration] to develop better risk-informed requirements. Let me give you an example: The design basis threats for our physical security posture are a place where I believe we could reexamine requirements. Following September 11, we added guns, gates, and guards to our physical security systems. With security technology improvements that are available today and better threat analysis capabilities, it's possible to reduce the security costs while at the same time maintaining appropriate security stance, but the requirements would have to change." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeff Sessions, Charles F. McMillan, Paul J. Hommert, William H. Goldstein, Norman R. Augustine, and Richard W. Mies.

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