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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.

14 May 2009

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s FY 2010 budget would increase by 8.9 percent to $9.9 billion under the request the Obama Administration has sent to Congress.  Funding for NNSA’s Weapons Activity program would remain basically flat, while the budgets for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation and Naval Reactors would see significant increases.  NNSA was established in 2000 as an independent entity within the Department of Energy to manage the country’s nuclear defense.

4 Mar 2009

The Senate is now considering  H.R. 1105, the FY 2009 Omnibus Funding Bill.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wants to complete work on this bill by tomorrow so that it can be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature before current funding expires on Friday, March 6.  While the Senate has considered a number of amendments to the bill, including those which would have reduced its funding levels, none have been successful.

26 Jul 2010

The following is additional material from the recently released Senate Appropriations Committee report accompanying the FY 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. See FYI #79 for funding and program recommendations for the Office of Science.


The final version of Senate Appropriations Committee Report 111-228 added this sentence to the Office of Science language under High Energy Physics:

23 Jun 2010

FY 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill:

7 Apr 2010

“As I stated last year in Prague, so long as nuclear weapons exist, we will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal that guarantees the defense of the United States, reassures allies and partners, and deters potential adversaries.  To that end, we are seeking substantial investments to improve infrastructure, strengthen science and technology, and retain the human capital we need to sustain our stockpile, while also strengthening the conventional capabilities that are an important part of our deterrent.

30 Jul 2014

Senate appropriators have released their draft committee report accompanying the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  As previously noted in FYI #127, this bill was scheduled for action by the full Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-June, but was pulled from consideration because of concerns about an expected amendment to the bill to restrict EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.  No new date has been scheduled.

15 Feb 2010

The Obama Administration requested a 13.4 percent increase in the FY 2011 budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  Following the request of May 2009 that was essentially unchanged from the year before, funding for NNSA would increase to $11.2 billion in FY 2011.  NNSA is an independent entity within the Department of Energy to manage the country’s nuclear defense.  A Department of Energy FY 2011 congressional budget request document provides the following overview of NNSA’s approach in the nex

4 Feb 2010

Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology would increase by 7.3 percent or $62.3 million under the Obama Administration’s request sent to Congress on Monday. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke explained that "While the President's budget request freezes most domestic spending, NIST needs this increase to ensure we’re making the kind of future-oriented science and technology investments that ultimately create high-wage jobs and jump-start the economy."

20 Dec 2011

Congress  and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill.  H.R.