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Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise

Ensuring that the nation’s nuclear weapons remain safe and reliable in the absence of underground nuclear testing is extraordinarily complicated and requires state-of-the-art experimental and computing facilities as well as the skills of top scientists in the field. The responsibility for managing these weapons rests with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

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NNSA is responsible for managing its contractors’ nuclear weapon- and nonproliferation-related national security activities in research and development laboratories, production plants, and other facilities known collectively as the nuclear security enterprise , as shown in figure 1.

Figure 1: NNSA’s Nuclear Security Enterprise Sites

Figure 1: NNSA’s Nuclear Security Enterprise Sites

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Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

NNSA's Reviews of Budget Estimates and Decisions on Resource Trade-offs Need Strengthening
GAO-12-806:
Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

New Plutonium Research Facility at Los Alamos May Not Meet All Mission Needs
GAO-12-337:
Published: Mar 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2012.

National Nuclear Security Administration:

Observations on NNSA's Management and Oversight of the Nuclear Security Enterprise
GAO-12-473T:
Published: Feb 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2012.

Nuclear Weapons:

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

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Nuclear Nonproliferation:

Additional Actions Needed to Improve Security of Radiological Sources at U.S. Medical Facilities
GAO-12-925:
Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

Observations on the Organization and Management of the National Nuclear Security Administration
GAO-12-867T:
Published: Jun 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2012.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

Strategies and Challenges in Sustaining Critical Skills in Federal and Contractor Workforces
GAO-12-468:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

Further Actions Needed by U.S. Agencies to Secure Vulnerable Nuclear and Radiological Materials
GAO-12-512T:
Published: Mar 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2012.

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

Action Needed to Address NNSA's Program Management and Coordination Challenges
GAO-12-71:
Published: Dec 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2011.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options:

Nuclear Weapons:

NNSA Needs More Comprehensive Infrastructure and Workforce Data to Improve Enterprise Decision-making
GAO-11-188:
Published: Feb 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2011.

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

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