Nuclear Weapon Systems Sustainment Programs   [open pdf - 3MB]

"This report summarizes the activities that develop and maintain the core competencies, technical and operational, needed for accomplishment of the Defense Department's nuclear missions. It responds to issues regarding the Defense Department's core nuclear competencies raised in recent Senate Armed Services Committee and House National Security Committee reports. The Senate Armed Services Committee Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 expresses concern about 'the ability of the Department of Defense (DoD) to maintain the core competencies of expertise necessary to sustain its nuclear forces in the absence of nuclear testing in the foreseeable future.' It goes on to state that 'The safety, security and reliability of all nuclear weapons systems, to include the delivery system and the related command and control and other associated subsystems, is the responsibility of the Department of Defense.' […]. The Senate Armed Services Committee requested the Department of Defense to submit a report on 'potential initiatives to retain core competencies that would involve developing key science and technology program s; potential opportunities for conducting cooperative training programs between educational institutions, industry, the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, the national laboratories and the military services; and potential career paths for entry level engineers and scientists and the funding necessary to sustain a program of this nature'. This report specifically responds to the Senate Armed Services Committee request, but also addresses issues raised in both the House and Senate Reports."

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