Administrator Gordon-Hagerty meets with interagency leaders to discuss nuclear planning priorities
WASHINGTON – On October 5, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and U.S. Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, visited the headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). Located in Omaha, Nebraska, USSTRATCOM is one of the 11 unified commands within the Department of Defense (DoD).
“USSTRATCOM is not only our customer, but our partner, and plays a critical leadership role as we proceed together in modernizing the U.S. nuclear stockpile,” said Administrator Gordon-Hagerty. “It is more important than ever that we remain aligned as we execute the warhead modernization programs integrating with DoD platforms to deliver the U.S. strategic deterrent.”
USSTRATCOM integrates and coordinates the necessary command and control capability to provide support to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and combatant commanders. Their mission is to deter strategic attack and employ forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our Nation and our allies. The command's assigned responsibilities include strategic deterrence; nuclear operations; joint electronic spectrum operations; global strike; missile defense; and analysis and targeting.
The Administrator joined the USSTRATCOM Commander, Admiral Charles Richard, for a day-long visit that spanned both technical and strategic discussions. She participated in demonstrations of scenarios presented at the Global Operations Center; received briefings on nuclear command, control, and communications; and addressed the ongoing topic of the Congressional budgets for nuclear security programs across NNSA and DoD. She also spoke with USSTRATCOM leaders and experts about requirements planning for nuclear stockpile needs.
“USSTRATCOM is honored to host NNSA Administrator Gordon-Hagerty and provide her insights to our mission and the personnel who execute strategic nuclear deterrence 24/7/365,” said Adm. Richard. “Our crucial partnership keeps our Nation and our allies safe in this dynamic environment of great power competition. I extend my gratitude to the men and women of the NNSA, and we are very fortunate to have them as a partner.”
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