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The National Nuclear Security Administration announced that it has accomplished 112 percent of its goal for planned stockpile dismantlement in FY 2012.
“NNSA delivered on President Obama’s commitment to reduce the numbers of U.S. nuclear weapons declared excess to the stockpile and awaiting dismantlement. We exceeded our dismantlement goals for FY 2012 by a significant margin,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook.
“Our stockpile today is smaller, but the deterrent remains just as safe, secure and effective as it was. Dismantlement of legacy weapons is a key part of the Nuclear Posture Review, going hand-in-hand with the safety and security improvements in our Life Extension Programs and critical to our long-term national security.”
NNSA successfully dismantled a number of B61 and B83-0/1 bombs and W76-0, W80-0, W84 and W78 warheads.
Taking apart nuclear weapons is a process that involves virtually all of NNSA’s sites within the nuclear security enterprise. NNSA’s design laboratories work with Pantex Plant to identify and mitigate hazards that may arise before a particular weapon type is dismantled. NNSA’s national laboratories then apply the knowledge they gained during the original design process to each weapon in the stockpile.
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