DOE IG Audit of Nuclear Warhead Refurbishment Program

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 3, 2012

Follow-up Audit of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s W76 Nuclear Warhead Refurbishment Program, DOE/IG-0870, September 2012

  • “The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is responsible for ensuring that the Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile continues to meet National defense requirements. As part of that effort, NNSA is refurbishing the aging W76 nuclear warhead with the goal of extending the warhead life by 30 years. However, the W76 Life Extension Program (LEP) has experienced significant delays in startup and in achieving production goals. By the end of Fiscal Year 2011, NNSA had completed less than half of the anticipated units due to technical production issues. NNSA intended to address this problem by increasing production rates in future years.”
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