WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Wednesday, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released the Fiscal Year 2018 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) and the Prevent, Counter, and Respond—A Strategic Plan to Reduce Global Nuclear Threats (NPCR).
These annual reports to Congress outline the strategic direction for maintaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent and for reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and terrorism. They are key planning documents for the nuclear security enterprise that guide program activities to ensure U.S. national security and advance global nuclear security.
“The uncertain global security environment reaffirms the need to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent,” said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.), Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “Our major life extension programs remain on schedule and on budget to ensure that the deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st century threats. NNSA efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons around the world also yields considerable benefits for the U.S. nuclear posture and reassures our allies and partners.”
The FY 2018 SSMP is a detailed report on the plan to maintain and modernize the scientific tools, capabilities and infrastructure necessary to ensure the success of NNSA’s nuclear weapons mission now and into the future. It describes the level of activity being performed at NNSA, including three warhead life extension programs (LEPs) and one major warhead alteration (Alt). In particular, the report describes plans to deliver the first production unit of the B61-12 gravity bomb by FY 2020; deliver the first production unit of the W88 Alt 370 by FY 2020; and achieve a first production unit of the W80-4 warhead by FY 2025. It also details challenges facing the enterprise pertaining to infrastructure and strategic materials, as well as plans to address those challenges.
The FY 2018 NPCR, which covers FY 2018–FY 2022, summarizes the significant developments within NNSA’s nuclear threat reduction mission, and details the restructuring and integration of the programs responsible for preventing, countering and responding to nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear and radiological terrorism threats. The 2018 NPCR highlights the implications to NNSA’s nuclear threat reduction programs from the emergence of new terrorist threats in Western Europe and the United States, as well as the Administration’s FY 2018 proposal to pursue the “dilute and dispose” approach for disposing of excess weapons grade plutonium.
The FY 2018 SSMP can be found online here and the FY 2018 NPCR is available online here.