FY 2022 Presidential Budget For NNSA Fully Funds Nation’s Nuclear Security Enterprise

NNSA Administrator Dr. Charles Verdon

DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget Request.

The President’s FY 2022 $19.7 billion Budget Request funds ongoing programs and reflects the Administration’s commitment to maintain the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation and terrorism; and provide nuclear propulsion to the U.S. Navy’s nuclear fleet of aircraft carriers and submarines.

“President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Request provides the tools and resources necessary to ensure the United States meets its nuclear national security requirements and supports the Nation’s nuclear deterrent,” said DOE Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Dr. Charles Verdon. “The funding enables NNSA to execute its long-standing nuclear modernization efforts begun under the Obama-Biden Administration, advances global nonproliferation efforts, ensures the Office of Naval Reactors remains at the forefront of technological developments, and supports United States leadership in science and technology.”

Budget Highlights 

Sustain and modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, while strengthening and modernizing the capabilities of its facilities;

Execute stockpile sustainment activities to ensure the deterrent remains safe, secure, and effective;

Partner internationally to prevent state and non-state actors from developing nuclear weapons or acquiring weapons-usable nuclear or radiological materials, equipment, technology, and expertise;

Implement the President’s call to lock down fissile and radiological materials around the world;

Provide core support for the safe and reliable operation of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear fleet; and

Build a robust and diverse workforce, with the needs and staffing necessary to implement NNSA’s vital national security mission. 

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and militarily effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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