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Energy and Water Development: FY2017 Appropriations for Nuclear Weapons Activities
The annual Energy and Water Development appropriations bill funds civil works proj ects of the
Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, the
Department of Energy (DOE), and several independent agencies.
The DOE budget includes funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a
separately organized agency within DOE. NNSA operates three programs: Defense Nuclear
Nonproliferation, which secures nuclear materials worldwide, conducts research and development
(R&D) into nonproliferation and verification, and operates the Nuclear Counterterrorism and
Incident Response Program; Naval Reactors, which "is responsible for all U.S. Navy nuclear
propulsion work"; and Weapons Activities.
The last is the subject of this report. The Weapons Activities account supports programs that
maintain U.S. nuclear missile warheads and gravity bombs and the infrastructure programs that
support that mission. Specifically, according to DOE's budget documentation, these programs
"support the maintenance and refurbishment of nuclear weapons to continue sustained confidence
in their safety, reliability, and performance; continued investment in scientific, engineering, and
manufacturing capabilities to enable certification of the enduring nuclear weapons stockpile; and
manufacture of nuclear weapons components."
NNSA's budget request for FY2017 sought $9,243.1 million for Weapons Activities within a total
budget of $12,884 million for NNSA. This represents an increase of approximately 4.4% in the
Weapons Activities Account over FY2016, when Congress appropriated $12,526.5 million for
NNSA, of which $8,846.9 million was allocated to the Weapons Activities account. The
Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2017 (PL. 115-31) provides $9,318.1 million for Weapons
Activities, an increase of $471 million and 5.3% over the FY2016 level, within a total budget of
$12,938 million for NNSA.
Weapons Activities has three main programs, each with a request of over $1 billion for FY2017,
" Directed Stockpile Work supports programs that work directly on nuclear
weapons. It includes life extension programs, maintenance, and other activities.
The FY2017 request was $3,330.5 million, a 2% reduction from the FY2016
appropriation; the FY2017 appropriation is $3,308.3 million.
" Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Programs, which advance the
science, engineering, computation, and manufacturing, support Directed
Stockpile Work. The FY2017 request was $1,854.7 million, a 2% increase over
the FY2016 appropriation; the FY2017 appropriation is $1,842.2 million.
" Infrastructure and Operations maintains, operates, and modernizes the National
Nuclear Security Administration infrastructure. It supports construction of new
facilities and funds deferred maintenance in older facilities. In the FY2016
budget, this program replaced the program known as Readiness in Technical
Base and Facilities. The FY2016-enacted amount was $2,279.1 million; the
FY2017 request was $2,721.9 million, a 19% increase over the FY2016
appropriation; the FY2017 appropriation is $2,808.4 million.
Weapons Activities also includes several smaller programs, all of which are described in this
report: Secure Transportation Asset, Defense Nuclear Security, Information Technology and
Cybersecurity, and Legacy Contractor Pensions.
This report will be updated as necessary.
Congressional Research Service
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Woolf, Amy F. Energy and Water Development: FY2017 Appropriations for Nuclear Weapons Activities, report, May 10, 2017; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1020848/m1/2/: accessed January 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.