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NNSA Administrator speaks at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas prior to visiting the Nevada National Security Site.
NNSA Administrator speaks at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas prior to visiting the Nevada National Security Site.

Gordon-Hagerty welcomes enhanced security and communications capabilities

WASHINGTON – Last week, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, continued her tour of the Nuclear Security Enterprise, visiting the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

While hundreds of feet underground in the U1a complex at the Nevada National Security Site, NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty is briefed on U1a's current status.
While hundreds of feet underground in the U1a complex at the Nevada National Security Site, NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty is briefed on U1a's current status.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of NNSA’s creation, the Administrator is visiting the agency’s eight laboratories, plants, and sites. She began the tour in July and has visited locations in South Carolina, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas.  She plans to complete the tour by year’s end.

While at NNSS, Administrator Gordon-Hagerty recognized the security enhancements of the Argus Project, celebrated cost savings from a dedicated emergency communications network at a nearby commercial facility, and toured the archives of the National Atomic Testing Museum. She also visited with, in person and via livestream, the 2,500 employees at the Nevada site, who have persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic and made it possible for NNSA to fulfill its national security missions.

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty celebrates the completion of completion of the Argus security project at the Device Assembly Facility at the Nevada National Security Site.
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty celebrates the completion of completion of the Argus security project at the Device Assembly Facility at the Nevada National Security Site.

“Your work keeps our Nation safe from nuclear threat and helps to maintain the nuclear deterrent, which is vital to protecting American interests,” Administrator Gordon-Hagerty said. “Visiting our Nevada site provided me with an opportunity to thank those who have continued to achieve our national security missions while ensuring as safe a working environment as possible under truly unique circumstances.”

During her visit, the Administrator presided over a dedication for the completion of one phase of work at the Argus Project site. She then visited the underground U1a facility—the only site in the Nation where subcritical nuclear tests can take place. The Administrator also met with leadership from the Switch data center, which hosts the dedicated Emergency Communications Network, as well as the board of directors of the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Follow the Administrator on Twitter at @LGHNNSA to keep up with her travels.

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, joined by officials from NNSA's Office of Information Management, Switch, and the Nevada Field Office, open the new Emergency Communications Network in Las Vegas.
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, joined by officials from NNSA's Office of Information Management, Switch, and the Nevada Field Office, open the new Emergency Communications Network in Las Vegas.