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There may be a variety of infrastructure problems with the U.S stockpile of nuclear weapons and while there’s an estimate of $80 billion for modernization and maintenance, the U.S. Energy Department really doesn’t have a complete assessment of the repairs required, a new study confirms, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The DOE is charged with overseeing the stockpile, but an evaluation from the Government Accountability Office reveals that the data required for “informed, enterprise-wide decisions” is missing.
Within the Energy Department, the National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, uses contractors to manage and operate eight separate sites and is charged with maintaining the country’s nuclear weapons through its Stockpile Stewardship Program, or SSP.
The GAO was told to review the NNSA and said information “on the condition of infrastructure, capital improvement projects, shared use of facilities and critical human capital skill,” simply isn’t available.
According to the GAO study, the NNSA “does not have accurate, reliable, or complete data on the condition and replacement value” of its almost 3,000 weapons activities facilities.
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