Klotz confirmed as NNSA chief

090929-F-2270A-001Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz today was confirmed by the Senate as head of the National Nuclear Security Administration and as the Department of Energy’s under secretary for nuclear security.

Klotz appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 19, 2013 for his nomination hearing, but his confirmation had been on hold ever since because of a political stalemate.

In a statement released by DOE, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said:

“Lieutenant General Klotz’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration. His breadth of military and national security leadership experience makes him uniquely suited to lead the NNSA, fulfilling its commitments to the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation, naval reactor programs, and nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness efforts. I thank the Senate for their attention to Lieutenant General Klotz’s nomination, and I look forward to working with him.”

Moniz also thanked Bruce Held for his “outstanding leadership” as acting administrator of the NNSA over the past 10 months.

Before his new role, Klotz held a number of top military and national security positions, including commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command from 2009 to 2011.

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