Fact Sheets

Find out more information about key NNSA programs, initiatives and accomplishments.
Fact Sheet
Mar 23, 2012

The threat of a nuclear facility insider, either individually or in collusion with an outsider, stealing fissile material or committing sabotage at a nuclear facility is a difficult one to accept and prevent.   The skills, knowledge, access, and authority held by some insiders make the threat difficult to mitigate. 

Fact Sheet
Mar 23, 2012

A Center of Excellence (COE) for nuclear security is a centralized location where a country or region can send professionals for training in various aspects of nuclear security.  These Centers advance the U.S. nuclear security agenda by highlighting the importance of strengthening nuclear security worldwide and working to address the need for capacity building, technology development,...

Fact Sheet
Mar 23, 2012

Since the events of September 11, 2001, security requirements for nuclear facilities have increased primarily due to changes in the Design Basis Threat against which planned facilities are designed and existing physical security systems are tested.  As a result, security costs and operational impacts have increased significantly because facilities originally were not designed with...

Fact Sheet
Mar 23, 2012

Radioactive materials are a critical and beneficial component of global medical, industrial, and academic efforts. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), along with international and domestic partners, addresses radiological material security as part of its nuclear nonproliferation mission.

Fact Sheet
Mar 23, 2012

The permanent disposition of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) permanently reduces nuclear security vulnerabilities.  In 1996, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to reduce stockpiles of surplus HEU by down-blending, or converting, it to low-enriched uranium (LEU).

Fact Sheet
Nov 1, 2011

As part of its nuclear nonproliferation mission, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is working to develop a sustainable means of producing the life-saving medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), without using highly enriched uranium (HEU).

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Oct 25, 2011
Fact Sheet
Oct 12, 2011

The United States of America and the Republic of Kazakhstan have cooperated on a broad range of nuclear security and nonproliferation topics for nearly two decades.  The partnership was established under the umbrella of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Agreement signed in December 1993.  Today, the Departments of Energy, Defense, and State work closely with the Government of...

Fact Sheet
Feb 1, 2011

President Obama pledged to lead an international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years.

NNSA removes a source from a NYC hospital in July 2010
Feb 1, 2011

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which has unique expertise in nuclear weapons and nuclear material, plays a key role in the U.S. government's comprehensive effort to secure vulnerable radiological material.

Fact Sheet
Feb 1, 2011

NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security (NIS) provides leadership in the formulation and implementation of nonproliferation, nuclear security, and arms control strategies to advance U.S. national security objectives. NIS draws on and contributes to a wide range of technical resources within the U.S. National Laboratory complex, working in concert with international...

Fact Sheet
Jan 31, 2011

In April 2009 President Obama outlined an ambitious agenda to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years. In Prague, Obama called the danger of a terrorist acquiring nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) "the most immediate and extreme threat to global security." The President’...

Fact Sheet
Dec 15, 2010

This holiday season, employees from across the nuclear security enterprise have found countless ways to make this time of year more cheerful by lending a helping hand to the less fortunate in their communities.

IAEA Fact Sheet
Sep 14, 2010

The United States contributes roughly 25 percent of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) regular budget annually through the U.S. Department of State. For 2009, the U.S. contribution to the IAEA regular budget was approximately $103 million of a total budget of about $412 million. In addition to direct budgetary support from the State Department, the Department of Energy’s National...

Cool roofs installation at Pantex
Jul 19, 2010

Cool roofs use lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect more of the sun’s heat, helping improve building efficiency by reducing cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions.

Fact Sheet
Apr 28, 2010

NNSA Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Fact Sheet
Mar 2, 2010
President Obama has outlined a bold nuclear security agenda that makes the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its four core missions more important than ever.
Fact Sheet
Dec 23, 2009

This holiday season, employees from across the nuclear security enterprise have found countless ways to make this time of year more cheerful by lending a helping hand to the less fortunate in their communities.

Fact Sheet
Dec 22, 2009

As part of NNSA's commitment to being a responsible steward of tax dollars, NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino (then the head of Defense Programs) created the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) in 2006 and selected Honeywell, operator of the Kansas City Plant, as the lead contractor for managing the initiative.

Fact Sheet
Dec 14, 2009

At the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), we are committed to involving America’s small business in our contracting.

Fact Sheet
Sep 24, 2009
On September 24, 2009, President Obama chaired an historic meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), during which the UNSC unanimously cosponsored and adopted a resolution aimed at implementing the nuclear security agenda President Obama outlined in his Prague speech.
Fact Sheet
Sep 9, 2009

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which has unique expertise in nuclear weapons and nuclear material, plays a key role in the U.S. government's comprehensive effort to combat terrorism.