Lt. Gen Frank Klotz seeks NNSA Under Secretary confirmation from Senate Committee

Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz recently delivered a speech before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services regarding running for the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security position of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

"The National Nuclear Security Administration has a unique and special responsibility for pursuing two different, but complementary principles that have traditionally guided American nuclear weapons policy," Klotz said. "The first is that the United States must continue to lead international efforts to limit and reduce nuclear arsenals, combat nuclear proliferation and secure nuclear materials across the globe. The second is that appropriately-sized nuclear forces still play an essential role in protecting U.S. and allied security interests, even as we seek to reduce the overall number and role of nuclear weapons in our national security policy. As President Obama and congressional leaders have repeatedly emphasized, as long nuclear weapons exist, we will maintain a safe, secure and effective nuclear arsenal."

Klotz also told the Senate Committee his plans should be selected as Under Secretary.

"If confirmed to be the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, my highest priority will be to ensure that NNSA delivers on the commitments to Congress and to its many stakeholders in sustaining our nuclear weapons stockpile both now and in the future, in conducting leading-edge scientific research, in preventing nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists and would-be proliferators, in supporting the Navy's nuclear reactor program, in modernizing our facilities to meet the demands of the future and in protecting the safety and security of our sites, our employees and the public," Klotz said.

Klotz commended all people that serve in the military, noting that they are the most important asset. He committed to live by the "mission first, people always" philosophy if selected as Under Secretary.

Klotz said he plans to bring structure and authority to the NNSA and thanked the Senate Committee for inviting him to speak before it.