Risk-Based Approaches to Security at DOE Nuclear Weapons Facilities – New Report


The U.S. Department of Energy’s costs for securing its facilities that house nuclear weapons and material have increased from $550 million in 2002 to around $930 million in 2010.  UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING RISK IN SECURITY SYSTEMS FOR THE DOE NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX, a congressionally requested report from the National Research Council, examines whether risk-based approaches, including probabilistic risk assessment, could be used to improve methods for determining security requirements at these facilities. 


Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, March 24.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 5 p.m. EDT March 24.  Reporters can obtain a copy by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.