NNSA, DoD Partnership Generates Technologies to Meet Warfighting Needs

Agencies mark 25 years of cooperation

 - By Stephen Heiser -

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense today recognized the 25th anniversary of a joint program between NNSA and the Department of Defense (DoD) that has contributed to the development of advanced technologies necessary to meet warfighting needs and improve non-nuclear munitions.

DOE and DoD signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 1985 establishing the DoD/DOE Joint Munitions Technology Development Program (JMP).  In the 25 years since, the JMP has provided major advances in warfighting capabilities that play a crucial role in the exploration, development, and transition of new technologies needed by the armed services.

“The projects developed under this agreement have leveraged the expertise of both agencies to protect our nation and those who defend it,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “This long-term collaboration highlights the many ways our core investment in nuclear security is providing the tools to tackle a broader spectrum of national security and technology challenges.”

The JMP provides opportunities for the collaboration of DoD and NNSA scientists and engineers to develop technologies of interest to both departments, within a structured framework of technical reviews and scheduled milestones. Projects in the JMP are organized in five munitions technology focus areas including: Initiation, Fuzing, and Sensors; Energetic Materials; Computational Mechanics and Material Modeling; Warhead & Penetration Technology; and Munitions Lifecycle Technologies.

The integrated DoD and DOE efforts within the JMP are accelerating the realization of new technologies through the advanced development process. The challenging technical objectives of the approximately 35 JMP projects require multi-year efforts, and sustained, long-term investments are necessary to achieve success. The JMP is a focal point for collaborative work by more than 200 DoD and DOE scientists and engineers.

The JMP is managed by the Land Warfare & Munitions Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in partnership with the Office of Research and Development for National Security Science & Technology within NNSA. The work is executed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories in collaboration with senior and technical staff from more than a dozen military agencies.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/ for more information.

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