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DOE highlights from Obama's new budget

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2013 Budget Highlights for DOE regarding nuclear programs

• The Administration proposes $7.6 billion for Weapons Activities, an in crease of $363 million or 5 percent above the 2012 enacted level, to maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent as described in the Ad- ministration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) of 2010. This Budget meets the goals of the NPR by continuing nuclear weapon life extension programs—such as upgrades to the W76 and B61 nuclear weapons—by improving and replacing aging facilities —such as increasing investments in funding for the Uranium Processing Facility— and by sustaining the existing stockpile through underlying science, surveillance, and other sup- port programs.

• The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense are reducing and stretching out the schedule of several weapons life extension programs and are re- structuring plans for maintaining plutonium capabilities. As a result, the 2013 Budget provides $372 million less for Weapons Activities than the Administration projected in last year’s request and reported to the Congress in the “Section 1251 Report” on nuclear weapons plans.


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