Magazine article Arms Control Today

NNSA Reviewing Nonproliferation Work

Magazine article Arms Control Today

NNSA Reviewing Nonproliferation Work

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The Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Admin- istration (NNSA) is reviewing its approach to its nonprolif- eration programs and expects to issue the results of that re- view early next year, the head of the semiautonomous agency said Oct. 29.

Speaking at a briefing for reporters, retired Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz said that, for more than a year, the NNSA has been "go- ing through an assessment of how we view the world situa- tion, how we view technology development, and where we can best have an impact in achieving the overall goals of nonprolif- eration and implementing safeguards across the globe."

A major part of the impetus for that review, he indicated, was the end of the four-year period that President Barack Obama established for securing "vulnerable nuclear material around the world." Obama announced the four-year effort in his speech in Prague in April 2009.

As Klotz noted, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has estab- lished a task force under the auspices of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board to take a broad look at the way the de- partment addresses nuclear nonproliferation issues. Klotz said the department is planning to publish a document reflecting the review when the administration's budget request for fiscal year 2016 is released.

The task force, which is expected to issue its report around theendofthe year, produced an interim report in August. Ac- cording to the report, "The U.S. government does not yet have a compelling vision for the future of its nonproliferation efforts or how [the Energy Department's] programs fit in that larger picture, though [the department] has launched an effort to de- velop one. …

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