High-brow turnout for KC dedication

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz were on hand Friday, along with a  host of other dignitaries, for the official dedication of the modernized and down-sized nuclear weapons facility at Kansas City. They’re calling it a campus.

“As the manufacturer of non-nuclear components for the U.S. nuclear stockpile, the Kansas City National Security Campus is part of the Department’s larger nuclear security enterprise, which is responsible for stockpile stewardship, nuclear weapons dismantlements, and nuclear nonproliferation programs,” DOE said in its release. “The more cost-effective, energy-efficient National Security Campus is delivering a 25 percent reduction in operating costs and more than 50 percent reduction in the infrastructure footprint from 3.2 million square feet to 1.5 million square feet. Construction and relocation activities were completed ahead of schedule and under budget.”

In a statement at Friday’s ceremony, Moniz said: “Ensuring a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent without underground testing is among the Department of Energy’s most important core mission. The successful construction of the National Security Campus here in Kansas City is part of our broader effort to transform our Cold War era infrastructure into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise. This transformation will enable us to continue to fulfill our stockpile stewardship commitments while we pursue further reductions, continue to work to prevent nuclear proliferation and terrorism, and support broader national security missions.”

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