Russian Nuclear Weapons:
U.S. Implementation of the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991
T-NSIAD-92-47, Jul 27, 1992
GAO discussed the results of its review of the implementation of the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991. GAO noted that: (1) Congress authorized $400 million in Department of Defense funds to implement the act, but most of the funds have not been tied to specific projects; (2) executive branch agencies have overcome various complications and negotiated several agreements to protect weapons and prevent accidents; (3) the agreements may prove to minimize dangers posed by terrorists or accidents, but they are not linked to the priority destruction of Russian nuclear weapons; (4) U.S. officials have offered various forms of assistance, but Russian officials have declined U.S. help in dismantling their nuclear weapons and requested assistance in building a storage facility for uranium and plutonium from dismantled weapons; and (5) the Russian request raises numerous questions concerning the facility and its role in the disposal of these materials.