(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.”
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:
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:
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:
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 nnsa.energy.gov for more information.