Nuclear Weapons Complex Reconfiguration Study   [open pdf - 15MB]

"[T]he 'Nuclear Weapons Complex Reconfiguration Study' (the Study) is a revised and updated response to the 'National Defense Authorization Act for FY 1988/1989' requirement to develop an integrated plan to reconfigure the Nuclear Weapons Complex (Complex). The Complex provides the nuclear weapons that support the nuclear deterrent policy of the United States. The mission of the Complex includes production of nuclear material; design, research, development, testing, and manufacture of new nuclear weapons; surveillance, maintenance and modernization of the nuclear weapons stockpile; and retirement and disposal of nuclear weapons at end-of-life. The original need to reconfigure the Complex was driven primarily by its det6riorated state. This condition, together with an antiquated philosophy of operations, made it increasingly difficult for the Complex to meet expected standards for the protection of the environment and the safety and health of workers and the public. Within the last year, the rapidly changing world situation has further stressed the need for reconfiguration of the Complex. […] The Study's scope is extensive, covering all activities required to realize the reconfigured Complex and to keep the current Complex operational. Reconfiguration will change the Complex to different degrees within three functional elements: Nuclear Materials Production and Manufacturing (NMP&M); Nonnuclear Manufacturing (NNM); arid Research, Development and Testing (RD&T). Among the options presented in the Study to accomplish this change are two which the Secretary has designated as 'preferred options': to relocate the Rocky Flats Plant (part of the NMP&M element) and to consolidate time NNM element of the Complex at a single, dedicated site."

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