Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, John Kotek, directed the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee (NEAC) Chairs to form a team, comprised of members from NEAC subcommittees, "to assess the need and determine the requirements for an irradiation test reactor which would augment existing domestic capabilities to support the development and deployment of advanced non-light water reactors as well as to accommodate the future needs of light water reactor technologies."

The NEAC team was instructed to consider the needs of the entire user community including national laboratories, academia, industry, reactor vendors, supply change manufacturers, material suppliers, the U.S. Government Agencies (DOE, NRC, NASA, NNSA, DOD, DOC, etc.), and the international community as well as the time frame that an irradiation test reactor capability would be required (if one is needed).