In a recent Town Hall address at National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Washington, D.C., headquarters, Gen. John E. Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), spoke to employees across the Nuclear Security Enterprise.
“A lot of people look at STRATCOM and say ‘that’s the number one customer for NNSA’, but really I’m your first partner,” Hyten said.
USSTRATCOM is one of 10 unified combatant commands under the Department of Defense. It is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces, meeting national security objectives with a broad range of capabilities and options.
Hyten expressed a strong desire to visit as many of NNSA’s labs, plants and sites as possible so he can “see it with my own eyes and tell the story about what you need.”
He mentioned the importance of revitalizing our infrastructure to support the vital national security missions of both NNSA and USSTRATCOM.
“I have to make sure we'll have the infrastructure and the people – the physicists, the engineers, the staff – necessary to build whatever we need well out into the future.”
Hyten also emphasized the necessity of accomplishing these goals in a fiscally responsible way.
“We have to take care of each and every dollar to do the right job that our nation is calling for us to do and spend it wisely. Because every dollar is your dollar. Every dollar is my dollar.”
Hyten spoke about the enduring nature of NNSA and USSTRATCOM’s partnership and the great importance of their shared responsibility to protect our nation
We have to make sure that we're taking care of your enterprise – not just for today, but for the future. We have to make sure that the nuclear weapons complex is fully able to handle any threat that comes down the pike even if it's not defined yet.
“We have to make sure that we're taking care of your enterprise – not just for today, but for the future. We have to make sure that the nuclear weapons complex is fully able to handle any threat that comes down the pike even if it's not defined yet.”
He went on to point out the soundness of the Nuclear Posture Review as a threat-based document aligned with our National Defense Strategy and underscored the fact that the United States will “respond to any foreseeable threat that the future can bring to us.”
He continued to look to the future by ending on a personal note.
“Both my kids just got engaged to be married in 2019 … Part of your job and part of my job is to make sure that we create the security environment that will allow them to raise their kids, my grandkids, in a world where they don't have to worry about this stuff in order to do it. We have to do that job every day and it's the most important job that we have in this country… thank you for what you do every day.”