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FY18 Presidential Budget Request for NNSA Released

(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released details today of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request.

The President’s $13.9 billion FY 2018 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $1.0 billion – or 7.8 percent – above the FY 2017 Omnibus level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s diverse missions: maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism around the world; and providing naval nuclear propulsion to the U.S. Navy’s fleet of aircraft carriers and submarines.

“This budget request is vital to ensuring that U.S. nuclear forces are modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st Century threats and reassure our allies,” said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.), DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “It also includes long overdue investments to repair and replace aging infrastructure at our national laboratories and production plants, and to provide modern and more efficient workspace for our highly-talented scientific, engineering, and professional workforce.”

Budget Highlights:

The FY 2018 Budget Request for Weapons Activities ($10.2 billion) is 10.8 percent above the FY 2017 Omnibus level to meet the Administration’s requirements to modernize the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and infrastructure. The Budget Request will enable NNSA to:

  • Complete production of W76-1 Life Extension Program (LEP) warhead by FY 2019; and deliver the B61-12 LEP First Production Unit (FPU) in FY 2020, the W88 ALT 370 FPU in FY 2020, and the W80-4 FPU in FY 2025.
  • Start construction of the Main Process Building and the Salvage & Accountability Building at the Y-12 Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Begin to restore the nation’s capability to manufacture plutonium pits on the timeline required to meet future stockpile needs.
  • Modernize the infrastructure for tritium production at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C.
  • Collaborate with DOE’s Office of Science to develop and deliver exascale computing capabilities needed to certify the nuclear weapons stockpile in the next decade.
  • Modernize the Office of Secure Transportation’s fleet of transporters.
  • Enhance physical and cyber security at our sites to stay ahead of evolving and emerging threats to our personnel, sensitive information, and national security assets.

For Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, the FY 2018 Budget Request ($1.8 billion) is consistent with the FY 2017 Omnibus level. The Budget Request will enable NNSA to:

  • Pursue additional opportunities to minimize and, where possible, eliminate weapons-usable nuclear material around the world.
  • Work with local, state, and federal partners to both prevent and be prepared to respond to nuclear or radiological incidents at home or abroad.
  • Provide analytical and technical support to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to further U.S. nonproliferation and threat reduction goals through IAEA’s nuclear security and safeguards mission.
  • Advance detection and monitoring capabilities for nuclear material production, material movement, and nuclear explosions.

For Naval Reactors, the FY 2018 Budget Request ($1.48 billion) is 4.2 percent above the FY 2017 Omnibus level to support the Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. The Budget Request will enable NNSA to:

  • Provide core support for the safe and reliable operation of the nation's nuclear fleet – 75 submarines; 11 aircraft carriers; and 4 research, development, and training platforms – that account for over 45 percent of the Navy's major combatants.
  • Continue the design and development of the reactor plant for the COLUMBIA-Class submarine, which will feature a life-of-ship core and electric drive.
  • Refuel a Research and Training Reactor to facilitate COLUMBIA-Class reactor development efforts and provide reactor-based training for fleet operators.
  • Build a new spent fuel handling facility in Idaho that will facilitate long term, reliable processing and packaging of spent nuclear fuel from aircraft carriers and submarines.

For Federal Salaries and Expenses, the FY 2018 Budget Request ($418 million) is 8 percent above the 2017 Omnibus level and supports recruiting, training, and retaining the highly-skilled federal workforce essential to achieving success in technically complex 21st Century national security missions.

Full details of the President's FY18 budget for NNSA are available here.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit for more information.