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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 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:

4 Jun 2012

Late  last week the House of Representatives started its consideration of the FY 2013  Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  It is expected that the final vote on passage  will occur later this week.

23 Jun 2014

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on June 12 to focus on the threat of crude explosives using radiological materials and efforts to secure these materials.  The hearing drew on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Nuclear Nonproliferation: Additional Actions Needed to Increase the Security of U.S.

20 Jun 2014

On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  The $34 billion bill provides funding for the Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) which received $11.4 billion.
 

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