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Nuclear Nonproliferation

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 Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration implements nuclear nonproliferation programs worldwide.

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The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (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 NNSA’s 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

Table 1: NNSA Nuclear Nonproliferation Operating Programs and Major Program and Subprogram Functions and Activities, by Nonproliferation Office in Fiscal Year 2010

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Combating Nuclear Smuggling:

Megaports Initiative Faces Funding and Sustainability Challenges
GAO-13-37:
Published: Oct 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2012.

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

Further Actions Needed by U.S. Agencies to Secure Vulnerable Nuclear and Radiological Materials
GAO-12-512T:
Published: Mar 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2012.

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

Action Needed to Address NNSA's Program Management and Coordination Challenges
GAO-12-71:
Published: Dec 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2011.

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More Reports

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

Stronger Planning and Evaluation Needed for Radiological Security Zone Pilot Project
GAO-14-209:
Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2014.

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

IAEA Has Made Progress in Implementing Critical Programs but Continues to Face Challenges
GAO-13-139:
Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2013.

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

Additional Actions Needed to Improve Security of Radiological Sources at U.S. Medical Facilities
GAO-12-925:
Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.

Strategic Weapons:

Changes in the Nuclear Weapons Targeting Process Since 1991
GAO-12-786R:
Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

New Plutonium Research Facility at Los Alamos May Not Meet All Mission Needs
GAO-12-337:
Published: Mar 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2012.

Nuclear Nonproliferation:

More Progress Needed in Implementing Recommendations for IAEA's Technical Cooperation Program
GAO-11-482T:
Published: Mar 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2011.

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