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National Nuclear Security Administration: International Nuclear Materials Protection and Cooperation

The program has the unique purpose to enhance the security of vulnerable stockpiles of nuclear weapons and weapons usable-nuclear material in countries of concern and improve the ability to detect the illicit trafficking of those materials.


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This is the highest rating a program can achieve. Programs rated Effective set ambitious goals, achieve results, are well-managed and improve efficiency.
  • The program has a clear purpose that addresses a specific need. The importance of this work is apparent post-September 11, with the knowledge that terrorists are actively seeking weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.
  • Significant progress has been made in upgrading and improving security by completing security upgrades at approximately 75 percent of the Russian nuclear weapons material storage and warhead sites of concern. The scope of work as agreed to by the U.S. and Russian Federation at the 2005 Bratislava summit will be completed on an accelerated basis by the end of 2008.
  • The Second Line of Defense program continues to make steady progress by working with foreign governments to install radiation detection equipment and train officials to detect and respond to smuggled nuclear and other radioactive materials. The goal is to reduce the probability of these materials being fashioned into a weapon against the U.S. or its allies.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Developing a planning process to enable the transition of responsibility for sustaining installed security upgrades at Russian sites with weapons-usable nuclear material and nuclear warheads.
  • Refining U.S. lifecycle cost estimates to reflect the costs to sustain MPC&A upgrades, and the cost-sharing associated with their transition to full Russian Federation responsibility

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