Trump’s 2020 Budget Request Includes $17B for Nuclear Stockpile, Fleet Initiatives

The Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget request will include $16.5B for programs under the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, officials said Monday.

The proposed budget, which increased by 8.3 percent or $1.3B compared to the 2019 total, will help NNSA in its mission pillars which include maintenance of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, mitigating nuclear threats and delivering nuclear propulsion technologies to the U.S. Navy’s submarines and aircraft carriers.

NNSA will receive $12.4B for weapons activities, including support for the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review as well as nuclear stockpile and experimental computing activities. The budget will also earmark $2B for defense nuclear nonproliferation funds and $1.6B for modernizing and constructing the Navy’s nuclear fleet.

“This vital funding will enable us to continue modernization of the Nuclear Security Enterprise to face 21st century threats,” said Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, NNSA administrator and the department’s undersecretary for nuclear security.

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