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Defense Nuclear Enterprise: Systems Face Sustainment Challenges, and Actions are Needed to Effectively Monitor Efforts to Improve the Enterprise

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Technical Report

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United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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In 2014, the Secretary of Defense directed two reviews of DODs nuclear enterprise. These reviews made recommendations to address problems with leadership, organization, investment, morale, policy, and procedures, as well as other shortcomings that adversely affected the nuclear deterrence mission. In 2015, DOD conducted a review focused on NC3 systems, which resulted in additional recommendations to improve NC3. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 includes a provision for GAO to review DODs processes for addressing these recommendations. This report addresses the extent to which DOD has made progress in 1 the implementation and tracking of the recommendations from the 2014 and 2015 nuclear enterprise reviews and 2 addressing sustainment and maintenance-related challenges and planning for the continued sustainment and maintenance of existing defense nuclear enterprise systems. GAO reviewed documents and interviewed DOD officials. This is a public version of a classified report that GAO issued in October 2019. Information that DOD deemed classified has been omitted.

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  • Nuclear Weapons

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