Source: Los Alamos Daily Post | Carol Clark | September 14, 2020

Administrator Gordon-Hagerty takes Ambassador Billingslea on Nuclear Security Enterprise roadshow

In support of ongoing U.S. arms control negotiations, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and U.S. Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, hosted the Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, Ambassador Marshall S. Billingslea, on a visit to NNSA sites that support the Nation’s nuclear security and nonproliferation missions.

“As the U.S. continues to ramp up modernization efforts and capability production, it was remarkable to see firsthand the NNSA’s world-class detection systems, cutting-edge technology and unparalleled expertise,” Ambassador Billingslea said. “I am grateful to Administrator Gordon-Hagerty and the men and women of NNSA. Their exceptionalism leaves no doubt that America’s nuclear deterrent is, and will remain, safe, secure, and effective.”

Ambassador Billingslea was appointed by the President as the Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control April 10, 2020. In this role, he leads the Nation’s arms control discussions, negotiating the follow-on to the New START treaty, and pursuing the most effective and verifiable agreements possible in order to protect the American people and preserve the security of our allies. He recently returned from senior-level negotiations with the Russian Federation in Vienna, Austria.

Finally, the week’s events came to a close at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where NNSA’s uranium and lithium work takes place. The delegation focused on the discussion of weapons components and related work.

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