One of the most serious threats facing the United States and other countries is the possibility that a nuclear warhead or nuclear weapon-usable materials could be stolen from poorly secured stockpiles in various locations around the world. To address these other threats, the Department of Energys National Nuclear Security Administration implements nuclear nonproliferation programs worldwide.
The National Nuclear Security Administrations (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy has more than 20 programs that are intended to, among other things, secure nuclear warheads; reduce the risks of nuclear smuggling; and protect, consolidate, and dispose of weapon-usable nuclear material and radiological sources. Table 1 shows the range of NNSAs nuclear nonproliferation programs.
Table 1: NNSA Nuclear Nonproliferation Operating Programs and Major Program and Subprogram Functions and Activities, by Nonproliferation Office in Fiscal Year 2010