Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) - Profiles

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Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D)

National Nuclear Security Administration
Work National Nuclear Security Administration DNN R&D 1000 Independence Ave. SW Washington DC 20585 United States Work Phone: 800-342-5363 Website: DNN R&D


The Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D), part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NISA), develops technical capabilities that improve the detection, identification, and characterization of foreign nuclear weapons development programs; diversion of special nuclear materials; and nuclear detonations.

DNN R&D is organized into two offices:

Technology development efforts include not only meeting U.S.-only nuclear security requirements but also multi-lateral nuclear treaty verification requirements.

DNN R&D leverages the unique facilities and scientific skills of the NNSA’s Nuclear Security Enterprise, other DOE national laboratories, academia, and industry for the performance of research, conduct of technology demonstrations, and development of prototypes for integration into operational systems.

DNN R&D has the responsibility to sponsor R&D activities to improve capabilities to detect and monitor indicators of foreign nuclear weapons programs. Past funding has been awarded by DNN R&D for research in:

  • Radiation Sensors and Advance Materials Research
  • Enabling Technology for Mass Spectrometry
  • Remote Sensing
  • Simulations
  • Algorithms and Modeling