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Nuclear Energy & Weapons

Given the central role that physical scientists have traditionally played in the history of nuclear energy and weapons, FYI covers major developments in nuclear energy and weapons policy, particularly as they relate to ongoing science policy matters.

15 May 2012

House  and Senate appropriators have completed work on the FY 2013 Energy and Water  Development Appropriations Bill.  The House   and  Senate   reports contain approximately 57 pages of funding and policy recommendations  for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).   Language  within each report stands, unless there is a conflict that will be resolved in  the final conference report.  This final  conference report

15 Mar 2012

National  Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino had been  testifying for only a few minutes when he spoke of the austere budget  environment as creating what he called a “burning platform” to “dramatically change  the way we do business.” 

23 Feb 2011

The  Administration has requested a 5.1 percent or $568.2 million increase for the  National Nuclear Security Administration for FY 2012.  Under this request, funding would increase  from the FY 2011 Administration request of $11,214.8 million to $11,782.9  million. 

An  FY 2011 appropriation bill has not been passed for the NNSA.  However, the Department of Energy has based  its comparisons on the FY 2011 request, and not on the FY 2010 appropriation.

14 Jul 2014

The House of Representatives has completed work on the appropriations bill funding the Department of Energy in Fiscal Year 2015.  The $34 billion bill was passed last Thursday night by a vote of 253-170. 

11 Dec 2012

The  Senate has completed its consideration of S. 3254, its version of the National  Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013.  One  title of this bill authorizes the atomic energy defense activities of the  Department of Energy.  In addition to  language regarding specific programs of the National Nuclear Security  Administration, accompanying Senate Report 112-173 contained the following language:

“Independence  of the National Nuclear Security Administration

9 Nov 2012

“Unacceptable  and inexcusable” was how National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator  Thomas D’Agostino described a July 28 incursion at the Y-12 National Security  Complex.  D’Agostino was one of four  Department of Energy witnesses, and a witness from the Government  Accountability Office (GAO), testifying at a House hearing reviewing the  management of the nuclear weapons complex. The ramifications of this incident  are likely to be long-lasting, going far beyond security upgrades at NNSA  facilities.

20 Jul 2012

“We  must find a way out of this mess.  Our  nuclear deterrent requires an effective and efficient steward.”  So concluded Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio),  chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic  Forces at a recent hearing on the nation’s nuclear security enterprise.

14 Jun 2012

During  House consideration of H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Development  Appropriations Act for FY 2013, an amendment was offered to increase the appropriation  for the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account.  This account provides funding for Nonproliferation  and Verification Research and Development, Nonproliferation and International  Security, International Nuclear Material Protection and Cooperation, Fissile  Materials Disposition, and the Global Threat Reduction Initiative.  The current budget is $2,295.9 million.  The Administration requested $2,458.6  million. 

9 Jul 2014

The White House has threatened to veto the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill that the full House of Representatives is now considering.  A Statement of Administration Policy issued today by the Office of Management and Budget on H.R. 4923 declares: