Program Activities

Provide leading edge, high-end simulation capabilities needed to meet weapons assessment and certification requirements

Predict, with confidence, the behavior of nuclear weapons, through comprehensive, science-based simulations [Cit.]

The Advanced Simulation and Computing program (ASC) is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Defense Programs.  Defense Programs has six components:

  • Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation
  • Decision Support
  • Systems Engineering and Integration
  • Stockpile Management
  • Secure Transportation
  • Major Modernization Programs

Within Defense Programs, efforts are directed at making the scientific and technological advances necessary to assess and certify weapon performance now and over the long-term, including development and maintenance of specific critical capabilities that are needed to sustain a viable nuclear deterrent.

In the Office of Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, ASC is one of four major programs:

  • Inertial Confinement Fusion
  • Research and Development
  • Advanced Simulation and Computing and Institutional R&D Programs
  • Test and Evaluation