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The National Nuclear Security Administration is working to modernize and extend the life of the W80, a type of nuclear warhead carried on air-launched cruise missiles. NNSA estimated that this program will cost $11.2 billion and last until 2031.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
The National Nuclear Security Administration is working to modernize the nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile and the infrastructure on which weapon programs depend.
We testified that NNSA has improved some of its management practices for these modernization efforts.
Cyberattacks and natural disasters can pose risks to the electric grid across the country, potentially resulting in blackouts and other disruptions to daily life.
Nuclear microreactors are an emerging technology that could help affected areas get back up and running faster.
The Departments of Energy and Defense expect to spend hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade to sustain and modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The agencies are required to estimate the cost of this work over the next 10 years and provide annual updates in a joint report.
Tribal lands hold considerable energy resources, such as oil, gas, coal, solar, and wind. Developing these resources can lead to income, jobs, and other economic benefits for tribes. In 2005, Congress authorized federal agencies to give preference to tribally-owned suppliers when buying energy.
The National Nuclear Security Administration is preparing to restart a program to replace the W78 nuclear warhead, which is used in Air Force intercontinental ballistic missiles. The goal is to produce the first W78 replacement warhead in fiscal year 2030.
Federal law directed the administration to submit and update an interagency plan to Congress for verifying and monitoring the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials.
We looked at the plan and update to determine if they met reporting requirements.
The National Nuclear Security Administration manages programs that refurbish or replace nuclear weapons' aging components to ensure each weapon is safe, secure, and effective. Prior life extension programs have cost far more and taken years longer than expected.