U.S. Senate Confirms Klotz to Head Nuclear-Security Agency

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April 9, 2014, 10:21 a.m.

The U.S. Sen­ate on Tues­day voted to con­firm re­tired Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz to head the coun­try’s be­lea­guered nuc­le­ar-arms agency.

Klotz, who formerly led the Air Force Glob­al Strike Com­mand, was con­firmed by a voice vote to the po­s­i­tion of un­der sec­ret­ary of En­ergy for nuc­le­ar se­cur­ity and ad­min­is­trat­or of the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Wash­ing­ton Post re­por­ted.

The Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee ap­proved Klotz’s nom­in­a­tion in Janu­ary. He was first tapped by the White House for the NNSA post in Au­gust.

The semi­autonom­ous En­ergy De­part­ment branch has not had a per­man­ent ad­min­is­trat­or since the former head, Thomas D’Agostino, stepped down in Janu­ary 2013 amid con­cerns the agency was mis­man­aging the plan­ning around key new nuc­le­ar ma­ter­i­al pro­cessing fa­cil­it­ies and had grown lax about se­cur­ity at weapon sites.

“Lt. Gen. Klotz’s con­firm­a­tion comes at a crit­ic­al point for the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion,” En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz said in a press re­lease. “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.”

In ad­di­tion to stand­ing up and lead­ing Glob­al Strike Com­mand, which over­sees the U.S. ar­sen­al of heavy bombers and land-based nuc­le­ar mis­siles, Klotz rep­res­en­ted the White House in ne­go­ti­ations with Rus­sia that even­tu­ally pro­duced the 2002 Mo­scow Treaty.

Since re­tir­ing from the mil­it­ary, Klotz has been a seni­or fel­low for stra­tegic stud­ies and arms con­trol at the Coun­cil on For­eign Re­la­tions.

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