WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released the Fiscal Year 2019 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) and the Prevent, Counter, and Respond—A Strategic Plan to Reduce Global Nuclear Threats (NPCR).
These annual Congressional reports outline NNSA’s strategic direction for maintaining the U.S. nuclear stockpile, as well as the agency’s efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons around the world and respond to nuclear and radiological threats, accidents, or incidents. The reports also address infrastructure modernization and management of strategic materials.
“The Trump Administration’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review sets a clear course to modernize the Nuclear Security Enterprise for 21st century threats,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “NNSA began work immediately to implement this guidance, and these two reports reflect our commitment to maintaining a credible nuclear deterrent and to reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.”
The FY 2019 SSMP outlines NNSA’s plan to ensure the U.S. nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure, and effective in partnership with the Department of Defense. This year’s SSMP addresses policy introduced by the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. It includes detailed information on three warhead life extension programs and one major warhead alteration. The SSMP also focuses on the scientific tools, capabilities, and infrastructure that are necessary to adapt and respond to a dynamic security landscape.
The FY 2019 NPCR provides an updated overview of NNSA’s “prevent-counter-respond” framework for the unprecedented range of nuclear threats in today’s geopolitical environment. Challenges to the global nuclear nonproliferation regime include concerns about the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran; terrorist threats in Europe and the United States; frequent and sophisticated cyberattacks; and the emergence of new and potentially proliferation-relevant technologies. The NPCR lays out a defense-in-depth strategy to reduce these threats.