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1Title:  Department of Energy FY 2013 Congressional budget request: National Nuclear Security Administration Add
 Summary:  This National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) FY 2013 budget request includes a request of 1.1 billion dollars for Naval Reactors, a less than one percent increase over the FY 2012 request. The appropriations summary notes that nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines currently comprise over 40 percent of the nation's combatant vessels. It also describes several high-level strategic goals: "Continued execution of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine replacement project, land-based prototype refueling overhaul, and the recapitalization of NR's spent fuel handling infrastructure" (9). One of the key accomplishments of Naval Reactors in FY 2012 related to Virginia-class Block II submarines, including the commissioning of the USS California (SSN-781) and the construction of two additional Block II subs, the USS Mississippi (SSN-782) and the USS Minnesota (SSN-783). The request also describes significant activities in the spent fuel processing area for aircraft carrier reactors in the past year, including delivery of the M-290 spent fuel shipping containers and upgrades to the Expended Core Facility to support the M-290 containers; these measures show the "continued preparations for the inactivation and disposal of CVN-65 (USS Enterprise), the first-ever nuclear powered aircraft carrier decommissioning" (481). Key milestones planned for FY 2013 are continued reactor plant design work for the Gerald R. Ford-class of super carriers (to 98 percent completion) and the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine replacement (to 23 percent completion). Finally, the interrelationship between NR and other NNSA programs is illustrated by the discussion of the Uranium Processing Facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This facility "provide[s] uranium as feedstock for fuel for naval reactors" (244). 
 Source:  http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/aboutus/budget 
 Date:   2012 
 Subject(s):  Budgetary information | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
 Format:  PDF 
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2Title:  Statement of Thomas P. D.Agostino, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy on the fiscal year 2012 nuclear security posture and the President's budget request before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Senate Armed Services Committee Add
 Summary:  The written statement of Thomas D'Agostino, Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, on the administration's budget request for FY 2012. This statement includes supporting information for the Naval Reactors budget request, which was 1.2 billion dollars, an increase of nearly eight percent from the previous fiscal year. D'Agostino identifies strategic development areas as support for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine replacement, noting that 'providing the Ohio class replacement a life-of-the-ship reactor core will require substantial advances in manufacturing technology to provide new cladding and a new fuel system" (4). A second strategic area is the "Spent Fuel Handling Recapitalization Project (SFHP), which will replace the over 50-year old Expended Core Facility (ECF) as the location for naval spent nuclear fuel receipt, inspection, dissection, packaging, and secure dry storage" (4). Finally, the budget tables show how the request for Naval Reactors fits within the larger NNSA budget request. 
 Source:  http://armed-services.senate.gov/statemnt/2011/03%20March/DAgostino%2003-30-11.pdf 
 Date:  30 March 2012 
 Subject(s):  Budgetary information | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
 Format:  PDF 
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3Title:  Statement of Admiral Kirkland Donald, Director, Naval Reactors, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy on the fiscal year 2013 President's budget request before the Senate Armed Service Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Add
 Summary:  Admiral Kirkland Donald summarizes the Naval Reactors budget request for FY 2013. Adm. Donald describes important program accomplishments for FY 2012. This includes progress in reactor design for the replacement class for Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, "including sufficient completion of design and manufacturing development of core materials to support the 2012 core materials decision" (1). He notes that full funding for this design work is essential: "vital to minimizing risk and cost during component procurement and ship construction" (3). In describing the FY 2013 request, Donald emphasizes the program's responsibility "for complete lifecycle support for every nuclear-powered warship, from construction through inactivation" (2). This is epitomized by the major projects described by Adm. Donald, including "the refueling overhaul for the S8G land-based prototype reactor, the design of the Ohio replacement reactor plant, and recapitalization of [the] naval spent nuclear fuel infrastructure" (2). He also describes the benefits of the life-of-the-ship core that will be installed in the successor to the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, one being the ability to reduce the number of submarines procured by the federal government. Finally, Donald notes the importance of the Expended Core Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory (which has been in operation for more than 50 years). Due to fiscal limits imposed by the Budget Control Act, Naval Reactors will be submitting a revised plan for the recapitalization of infrastructure at the facility. 
 Source:  http://armed-services.senate.gov/statemnt/2012/03%20March/Donald%2003-14-12.pdf 
 Date:  14 March 2012 
 Subject(s):  Budgetary information | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
 Format:  PDF 
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