This report provides the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Fiscal Year 2014 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP), satisfying the statutory requirements of Section 4203 of the Atomic Energy Defense Act (50 U.S.C. 2523) and related Congressional requests.
This plan continues the Administration’s commitment to maintain a safe, secure, and effective deterrent without new underground nuclear testing. It remains fully aligned with the national nuclear security strategy laid out in the April 2010 Nuclear Posture Review Report. This SSMP is a critical document for the nuclear security enterprise since it puts forward new strategies for stockpile stewardship and management and introduces the Nuclear Weapons Council’s “3+2” strategic vision for the stockpile. This SSMP takes on a more ambitious scope of work relative to its predecessors, placing most of the stockpile into some phase of life extension in this decade.
The President’s budget request to Congress will increase funding by 9 percent in the critical areas of modernizing and sustaining the infrastructure and the stockpile. This fiscal year (FY) 2014 SSMP, however, does not include the impact on planning and budget of the FY 2013 budget sequestration which would lead to adjustments to out‐year plans. As technology advances and planning matures, requirements and resources will be balanced accordingly.
With this plan and the support of Congress, the Nation’s nuclear deterrent will maintain a stable environment as we continue to take concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.
The FY14 SSMP is available for download here.