The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has announced the establishment of the Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security (ACNS). Formerly known as the Defense Programs Advisory Committee, the newly formed ACNS is enlisting experts with knowledge of NNSA missions to provide independent advice and recommendations to the agency’s leadership.
The names of ACNS members have not yet been made public, an NNSA spokesperson noted to Nuclear Newswire on April 10. The spokesperson added that membership is being finalized and the names will be made available in the coming weeks.
The job: The ACNS will provide insight on the stewardship and modernization of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and enterprise, nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, and counterterrorism and counterproliferation, according to an NNSA press release.
The new committee is envisioned as serving a role by critically examining programs and strategies in an evolving international security environment, the press release added. It will advise NNSA leadership on topics such as technical approach, workforce and pipeline activities, and the ability to deliver the agency’s mission to keep up with pacing threats.
NNSA mission: The NNSA has the complementary missions of nuclear deterrence, arms control, and nonproliferation to advance the national security of the United States. The agency will benefit from independent evaluation and advice to enhance innovation, collaboration, and action central to the ACNS charter, according to the press release.
The ACNS has been established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, a notice of which was posted to the Federal Register on February 8, 2023.