Department of Energy Atomic Energy Defense Activities and Programs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 23, 2016   [open pdf - 705KB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 23, 2016 hearing on "Department of Energy Atomic Energy Defense Activities and Programs" before the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. From the statement of Frank G. Klotz: "The NNSA [National Nuclear Security Administration] has a unique and special responsibility to maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear weapons stockpile for as long as nuclear weapons exist; to prevent, counter, and respond to evolving and emerging nuclear proliferation and terrorism threats; to provide nuclear propulsion to our Navy as it protects American and Allied interests around the world; and to support our outstanding NNSA federal workforce. By supporting overall growth, this budget request represents a strong endorsement of NNSA's vital and enduring missions, and is indicative of the Administration's unwavering commitment to a strong national defense. [...] We have made some tough decisions and trade offs to meet both military commitments and nuclear security priorities. Without congressional support, modernization of our nuclear enterprise, implementation of our long-term stockpile sustainment strategy, and sustainment of our nonproliferation and prevention and response capabilities could be at risk. The program we have proposed is highly integrated and interdependent across the four accounts." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank G. Klotz, Anne M. Harrington, Monica C. Regalbuto, James F. Caldwell Jr., Stephen L. Davis, and David C. Trimble.

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