Pit Production

    Reconstitute optimized rate production of pits, leveraging the nation’s Plutonium Center of Excellence (Pu CoE) to support deterrence.


    1. Achieve First Production Unit in 2023 and optimize rate production by 2026.
    2. Install the eleven items of the major item of equipment project needed for 10 PPY reliable and modernized operations.
    3. Complete the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project in accordance with the approved baseline by the end of FY 2027.
    4. Complete the Los Alamos Pu Pit Production Project in accordance with the approved baseline by the end of FY 2028.
    5. Install and certify the Modern Manufacturing System required to support rate production and electronic generation of the war reserve quality packages.
    6. Incorporate in-process monitoring (material control and accountability) to ensure plant availability.
    7. Achieve CD-4 Transuranic Liquid Waste Facility by the end of FY 2026.
    8. Place Low-level Waste Disposal Facilities in service by the middle of FY 2025.
    9. Develop and execute a comprehensive plan for human capital that includes retention, recruitment, and training of all necessary skill sets to support the Pu CoE, including pit production to support 30 PPY by FY 2026 and other plutonium missions and construction execution.
    10. Develop a robust supply chain system for procurement and inventory management of quality-controlled supplies to support operations and project execution.
    11. Develop a strategy to de-conflict NA-10 and NA-20 scope within PF-4 with concurrence of our federal partners.

    primary Strategic Objectives

    Technical Leadership - Deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs to advance relevant research frontiers and anticipate emerging national security risks.

    Nuclear Deterrent - Lead the nation in evaluating, developing, and ensuring effectiveness of our nuclear deterrent, including the design, production, and certification of current and future nuclear weapons.

    secondary Strategic Objective

    Trustworthy Operations - Consistently demonstrate and be recognized by diverse stakeholders for trusted and trustworthy operations.