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Excerpt: Senate Energy and Water 2012 nuclear weapons budget report

Excerpt: Senate Energy and Water 2012 nuclear weapons budget report

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U:\2012REPT\10REPT\10REPT.020101
DEPARTMENTALADMINISTRATION
(GROSS)
Appropriations,2011.
Budgetesti.m8.te,2012_-..House
alluwlll'lClll_-'..
Camml1:tec1IeCOmmend!!;thm"'"..
~])o(lS
Wlt
jnr.ludl!l'eIICiRBianof$81.900,000underPublic
Ln""
112-10.
1
$250,139,000
240,623,0(1)
00,374,001'1
2a,7,.623,OOO
(WSCELLANEOUSREVENUES)
Appropriations,2011_.............-$119,G01,OOO
l:!i:t~=::~.~~.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
n~:~:8~
Comrnitt.earecommendatio.1)-111,883,000
NETAPPROPRIATlON
AppropriatioDB;:2011._.
Budgetestima~,2012.
House£Illowance"'""_.
Comm.itteerelXlmmelll'latio.!l1.
llJl\I'oR
notIncludeteseissiouof$81,9001000underPublie
Lnw
112-10.
·TheCommitteereeom.m.ends$237,628.0001forDepartro.entAd"miIlistnltio:ll.
-An
Independent
.Review
ofDOEOversightofNationalLabora-tori.es,-DOE
accomplishesmostof
its
activitiesthroughanetwork
of
Government-owned,contractor-operatedlaboratoriesandfacili-tiesaerasstheUnitedStates..
In
providingar;appropriatelevelofoversightofthee:eoontractor"operatedfacilitiea,DOEmust
,care-
fullybalancetheneedtoprotecttheGovernment'sintellestswlillenotmredyburdeningconttactorsat
,depriv:icug
themof
theabilit-y
tooper.atemosteffectively
and.
efficiently.
The
Co!tllnld.tt.eenatesthattheNationalLaboratoryDirectorsCouncilhasexpressedeeneerns
about
overlyburdensomeoversightand'operational
requ.irements.
TheCommitteedirectstheSecretaryofEnergytoeontractwithNAPAlbrastudythatassesses
its
pl'OOeSSE:S
forreviewingcon-tractorperfonnanoo,includingperformancememescurrently
being
usedbyDOEIorthatpurpose',aswellasassessesthevalidityandapplicabilityofthefindiingsandrecommendations.'ofthel'eeentLaboratoryDirectors'.report.TheCommitteehasincluded$1,10010,000
within
thefundsavailable
to
carry
outthisactivity.
NAPAshallsubmita
lIeport
totheCommittee
w.ith
findingsin.theaboveareasandrecommendadonsforimprovementnolater
than
9
monthsafter
DOE
has
contractedwithNAPApursuanttothis
eli
reetive,
1
$130,698;000128,740,000-48,009,000
].26,740,0001
OF.FleEOFTHEINSPECTOR.GENERAL
ApPJ:opriati.O'OII,
20.11"""","",..$42,764,000'Budg.ctestimate,
2012,.............................................................
4ll,774,OOOHouse
amount,,
41,774,000
CoJlJJl'1littee·J:l"£lJrnme:oda,tion41,774,0001
TheCommitteereoommends$41,774,000fortheOfficeoftheIn-spectorGeneral.
 
U:\2012REPT\lOREPT\10REPT.021102
WEAPONSACT1VIT1F..8
AP"EropriatioDS,
20l.1___._____.__.
l$6,9'46,398,000Budget
estimate,
2012_____.......27,629,7:1.6,000
HoUDeallowance,,...................................................27,131,993,000Comrni:ttllerecommendntio.ll_.............................................................7,190,000,000
'DoeR
notincludeJ'MciSllionof$5OIOOO,()()()underPubllc
Law
.112-10.
a
Docs
DOt
Includep.I'OpIlIV!dI1I6Cie81onof*,,0,332,000
.TheCommitteerecommends$7,190,000,000forNationalNuclearSecurityAdministration's[NNSA]WeaponsActivities.TheOem-mitteerecognizesthe
iml>Ortant
contributionsthatadvanced
eom-
putingandexperimentalfacilitieshavemade
in
thelastfewyearsto·the
SUcce!lBof
thestockpile
Bt?wardsbip
P!o~~and
to
increaseconfidence
1tt
thesafetytsecurity,andrehabl.lity
C1f
thenuclearweaponss~i1e,
After
investingbillionsofdollarsovermorethan.adecade,criticalcapabilitiesare
in/.
lace
to
respond
to
nu-clearweapoastssueawithoutundergroun.nuclear
weapons
test-
ing.
Petascalecom.putingcapabilitiesallowweaponsscientistsand
engineers
to
conductweapons
simulatiOJlB
withreasonable
effi-
ciencyandresolution,
In
tliepastyear,theDual-AxisRadiographicHydrodynamicTestfacilityatLosAlamosNationalLaboratOrysuc-cessfullycompletedfoure;perimentsthatresolvedalongopensig-nificantfindinginvestigation,improvedthebasisfortheassess-mentofseveralstockpilesystems,andprovideddata
to
betterun-derstandmultipointsafetyoptionsforpossible11$e
in
futurelifeex-tensionprograms.The
past
yearalsomarkedtheexecutionoftheBaroIoseriesofsubcritiealexperimentsattheUlaundergroundfa-
cWty
attheNevada.Na~onalSeCW'it!Site..Theseexverim.ent8
.pto-
videddata.onthebehavior
of
plutoniumdriven
by
high
explosives,whichiscritical
to
understanding
primary
Implosions,TheNa-tionalIgnitionFacilityatLawrenceLivermoreNationalLaboratoryalsoa.uccesBfullycomple,ted
its.
firatsetofweapon-releve.ntlhysicSexperimentstohelpValidateeomputermodelethatresolveoneoftbemostcriticalareasofuncertaintyinassessingnuclearweapons
performance-
DIRECTEDSTOCK.PILEWORK
TheCommitteerecommends$1,804,882,000fordirectedstockpilework.
LifeExtensionProgram..~.-Th.e
Committeerecommends$437,039,000
for
theLifeExtensionProgram.
861LifeE:xtensionProgram.-The
CommitteetsconcernedaboutNNS~'8plans,toincor,P0ratenewsafetyands~tyfeatures
in
thelifeextensionversionoftheB61.TheBSllifeextensionpro-gramwillbethemostambitiousandextensiverefurbishment
of
aweaponsystemtodate.Fo1'example,theB61hasthreetimesasmanymajorcomponents
that
mustbereplacedas
the
W76.Fur.thercomplicatingmattersistheambitioustimeframe
fa·r
replacingthesecomponentsbeforetheyTeachtheendoftheirlifeandaffectweaponreliability.
In
aMay2011stud)"theGovernmentAccount-abilityOfficeidentifiedsignificantchallenges
in
buildingthefirstrefurbishedweaponby2017,includingmanufacturingcriticalma-terials~dco~~nts,meetingproductio~requirements,ens:uringthequalityof_.edproducts,andcoordinatingtheproductionofbombcomponentsbetweenNNSAandthe
Air
Force.Addingtothis
 
U:\20t2REPT\lOREPT\10REPI'.021
103
ambitiollil
swpe.
ofwork,NNSAplanstaincorporateuntried.tech-nologiesanddesignfeatu.res
to
iJ:lprovethesa£ezy
and
securityofthenuclearstoekpile,The
COmmIttee
supportsenhanced.suretyofweaponsystemstoavoidaccidents.and.unauthorizeduse~.b1:1,~
t
should.not
CODle
at~he
expeJl8e?f
long-~r:mweapon!eliability.Newsafetyand.secunty
features
shouldbemcorporated
til
weaponsystemswhenfeasible,butthe
IPrima:ry
goal
of
a
life.
extension1'I'ro-gramshould
be
toincreaseconfidence
in
warheadperformancewithoutund~ergronndnncleartesting.For
these:
reasons,
the'
Committeereeommands$180,000,000
fo.r
the
Bel
lifeextensionprogram,areductionof
$43,56.2,000.
T.beCommitteedirectsthat:-theJASONgroupofscientificadviserssubmitaclassif'iedandunclassifiedassessmentbyFebruary1,2012
to
theHouseandSenate
ApPl'opriatiOlls
Committeestbatdetermineswhetherpl'oposedfutrinsic
nuclear.
warheadsafetyandsecurityfea-turesfor
t!be
B6lbombwill
affect
thelong-tel'll'lsafety,secu-rity,reliability,andoperationoftheweapon.,
whether
thosesuretyfeaturesarejustifiedwhenmeasuredagalpsttheplan-aiblerangeofdeploym,e.n:t
S~OB
andthreatslikely:to.con-
frunt
thetl.ltuteB61stockpile,andthe!benefitsoutwelg'hthecostsof
installing
suchfeatures,
and
-theAdministrator
of
NNSAandthe
laboratory
directorsfrom
LosAlamos,Livermore,andSandiacettifytotheHouse'andSenateAppropriationsCom.mittees
that
thebenefitsof
install~
ing
intrinsicsafetyand.securityfeaturesoutweighthecostaandtherearenoless
Cdstly
and.etrect:ive
alternatives
tosuretythatcanbeaccomplishedwithoutintroducingintrinsicsuretyfeatures
in.
theB6lbyMarch1,2012.
In
addition,whenNNSAcompletes
its
Phase
'6.216.2A
studyfor
theB6llifeextension
program,theCommitteeWr¢ct$NNSAtosubmittotheCommitteebothaclassifiedaudunclassi6.ed.report90dayse.fterthecompletionoftbestudywith:-adescriptionofthesafetyandsecurityfeaturesNNSAwouldaddtoarefurbishedBSland'
-.aeeat
andbenefitanalysisofinstallingtheproposedfeatures
in
thewarhead..Thecoatand
benefit
analysisshould.include:~thecostsofscience,teehnology,andengmeeringtoinstallnewsafetyandsecurityfeatures,-thecostsofassessingtheimpact.then~w
features
mayhaveontheperformanceofthenu.clearexplosivepackageatthena-tiona
1
laboratories,
-the
extent
to
whichtheproposedsafetyandsecurityfea:turesaddressspecificsafetyandsecm'ityconcerns,and
-whyculTent
safetyandsecurityfeatureswouldnotbesuffi-cient.
Stockpile
Systems.-The
Committeerecommends.
$472,109,000.Ofthesefunds,atlea.st$175,OOO,OOOshallbeusedforsurveillance
activities.TheCommitteecommendsNNSA
for
sustaining
In-
creasedfundiu,gfor
surv-eillau,ce
activities
in
the
usee]
year2012fI.equ.est.T.heCommitteeencourages.NN..SA
to
c.ontinuedeveloping
and
usingnon-destructiveevaluationtechnologies
to
economicallyobtaingreaterquantitiesofassessmentdatawhUeretlucingwar-

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