Threat Response

Develop and deploy technical solutions supporting future nonproliferation, counterproliferation, & counter-terrorism strategies.


  1. Develop and demonstrate capabilities that counter asymmetric threats with focus on monitoring, detection, and verification in the nuclear and space threat domains. Enhance transitioning of new research to deployment technologies toward integration with national global security missions.
  2. Develop methodologies and tools that advance international nuclear safeguards, enhance global nuclear and radiological security, and support future arms control agreements.
  3. Continue to develop nonproliferation stewardship capacity.
  4. Develop and field design-agnostic physics defeat tools, techniques, and procedures in support of nuclear emergency support team counterterrorism efforts.
  5. Develop innovative technologies and methods to further national counterproliferation goals.

primary Strategic Objectives

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

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

Threat Reduction - Anticipate persistent and emerging threats to global security; develop and deploy revolutionary tools to detect, deter, and respond proactively.

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.