United States Code

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§ 2521.
Stockpile stewardship program
The Secretary of Energy, acting through the Administrator, shall establish a stewardship program to ensure—
the preservation of the core intellectual and technical competencies of the United States in nuclear weapons, including weapons design, system integration, manufacturing, security, use control, reliability assessment, and certification; and
that the nuclear weapons stockpile is safe, secure, and reliable without the use of underground nuclear weapons testing.
Program elements
The program shall include the following:
An increased level of effort for advanced computational capabilities to enhance the simulation and modeling capabilities of the United States with respect to the performance over time of nuclear weapons.
An increased level of effort for above-ground experimental programs, such as hydrotesting, high-energy lasers, inertial confinement fusion, plasma physics, and materials research.
Support for new facilities construction projects that contribute to the experimental capabilities of the United States, such as an advanced hydrodynamics facility, the National Ignition Facility, and other facilities for above-ground experiments to assess nuclear weapons effects.
Support for the use of, and experiments facilitated by, the advanced experimental facilities of the United States, including—
the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory;
the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory;
the Z Machine at Sandia National Laboratories; and
the experimental facilities at the Nevada National Security Site.
Support for the sustainment and modernization of facilities with production and manufacturing capabilities that are necessary to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile, including—
the nuclear weapons production facilities; and
production and manufacturing capabilities resident in the national security laboratories.
(Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLII, § 4201, formerly Pub. L. 103–160, div. C, title XXXI, § 3138, Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1946; Pub. L. 105–85, div. C, title XXXI, § 3152(e), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 2042; renumbered Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLII, § 4201, by Pub. L. 108–136, div. C, title XXXI, § 3141(e)(2), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1758; Pub. L. 111–84, div. C, title XXXI, § 3111, Oct. 28, 2009, 123 Stat. 2702; Pub. L. 112–239, div. C, title XXXI, § 3131(b), (bb)(1)(C), Jan. 2, 2013, 126 Stat. 2180, 2185; Pub. L. 113–66, div. C, title XXXI, § 3146(c)(1), Dec. 26, 2013, 127 Stat. 1073.)
cite as: 50 USC 2521