U.S. Department of Energy ORDER
Washington, D.C. DOE 5600.1
SUBJECT: MANAGEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WEAPON PROGRAM AND WEAPON
1. PURPOSE. This directive establishes the policy and procedures for the
management of the Department of Energy (DOE) weapon program and weapon
complex and the utilization of the weapon complex facilities for
nonweapon DOE activities.
2. CANCELLATION. IMD 6001 ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
WEAPON PROGRAM AND WEAPON COMPLEX, of 1-19-78.
3. SCOPE. This Order applies to all elements of the Department of Energy
and to all weapon complex facilities.
4. POLICY AND OBJECTIVES.
a. Policy. It is the policy of the DOE that the paramount mission of
the weapon complex is the successful execution of the weapon
program, and such steps will be taken as are necessary to preserve
this principle. The utilization of the capabilities of the weapon
complex in support of DOE's nonweapon responsibilities or other
programs of national interest is encouraged but limited to the
extent that such utilization does not adversely impact the weapon
(1) To assure the effective management of the weapon complex and
the weapon program.
(2) To assure the continuing capability of the weapon complex to
carry out its primary mission, to conduct the weapon program.
(3) To encourage the effective use of the capabilities and
resources of the weapon complex in support of DOE's nonweapon
responsibilities or other programs of national interest,
subject to the need to assure that such programs do not
adversely impact the weapon program.
5. RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES.
a. The Secretary (S)
(1) Assures that the primary mission of the weapon complex remains
the weapon program; and, that within the weapon complex, other
programs do not adversely impact the weapon program.
(2) Establishes lines of authority for the direction and management
of the weapon complex from the Assistant Secretary for Defense
Programs, DP-1, through the weapon complex operations offices.
(3) Resolves issues related to the weapon program and the weapon
complex which are of overriding national security interest.
b. The Under Secretary (US). Keeps the allocation of resources to the
weapon complex under personal review to provide assurance to the
Secretary that the policy established by this Order is followed and
its objectives achieved.
c. The Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs (DP-1).
(1) Is responsible for all weapon and weapon-related functions
under DP-1 jurisdiction and reports directly to the Secretary
(or Under Secretary as appropriate) regarding all matters
pertaining to the weapon complex, its resources, capabilities,
performance and activities, and the weapon program proper.
(2) Exercises overall management and direction of the weapon
complex through the lines of authority established by the
Secretary, and, to the degree necessary and practical,
exercises such management and direction apart from the
integrated or coordinated management of DOE's energy-related
responsibilities. In so doing, develops and implements
policies and procedures related to the overall management and
utilization of the weapon complex.
(a) Reviews jointly with the appropriate DOE sponsors, the
nature, scope and future requirements of
nondefense-related work described in the long-range
(b) Reviews the general support requirements and Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC), Department of Defense (DOD),
and other national security-related reimbursables in
conjunction with the affected operations offices.
(c) Reviews appropriate elements of the Policy and Program
Planning System and other DOE management systems to assure
that actual work assignments do not differ significantly
from the projections.
(d) Reports to the Secretary (or Under Secretary, as
appropriate) any occurring or threatened adverse impact on
the weapon program and the weapon complex by ongoing or
scheduled nonweapon work; provides annually a specific
determination of whether the long-range projections
indicate any adverse impact by nonweapon work on the
(e) As appropriate, recommends assignment or reassignment of
(f) Concurs or nonconcurs in the assignment of responsibility
for nonweapon work to weapon complex facilities through
other than weapon complex operations offices.
(g) Concurs or nonconcurs in the assignment of nonweapon lead
missions to weapon complex facilities.
(3) Reviews and concurs in all proposed DOE permanent directives
and similar Department-wide issuances that may apply to the
weapon complex and provides any modifications necessary to
preclude any adverse impact on the weapon program or complex.
(4) Avoids duplicating DOE's support and advisory services to the
greatest extent consistent with fulfilling the needs of the
(5) Modifies the requirements for the long-range projections to
assure that they also fulfill Departmental institutional
planning requirements and the requirements of the Director of
Energy Research for monitoring energy research and development,
and provides the projections as institutional plans when
d. The Assistant Secretaries and the Director of Energy Research, for
nonweapon programs falling within their areas of responsibility.
(1) Deal directly with the field elements and the weapon complex
operations offices in formulating possible nonweapon work tasks
for accomplishment in the weapon complex.
(2) Review jointly with the DP-1, the nature, scope, and future
requirements of nondefense-related work described in the
(3) Carry out necessary technical direction and related
informational interaction directly with the field organizations
conducting work which they fund.
(4) Inform DP-1 if any new circumstances occur which warrant
significant deviations from the current long-range projections
in their respective areas.
e. The Assistant Secretary for Environment. Provides the oversight and
monitoring functions on environmental assessment and industrial/
radiological health and safety and environmental practices for the
weapon complex, exclusive of nuclear safety of weapon design,
assembly, disassembly, test and transportation.
f. The Managers of the Weapon Complex Operations Offices.
(1) Report to the Assistant Secretary, DP, on matters related to
this Order or which affect the weapon complex. Consistent with
the responsibility of the Manager, Albuquerque Operations
Office, for field management and oversight of the weapons
production program, the Managers of the Oak Ridge Operations
Office and the Savannah River Operations Office coordinate with
and report through the Albuquerque Operations Office on matters
concerning weapon activities at the Y-12 Plant and the Savannah
River weapons production facility.
(2) Assure compliance with this Order by their organizations and
appropriate contractors under their jurisdiction.
(3) Assure that the following functions relating to the workload of
the complex are accomplished.
(a) The Managers of Albuquerque, Nevada, and Savannah River
Operations Offices submit long-range projections of the
work to be accomplished by their organizations and at
their respective production and test site facilities to
DP-1. Work at the Savannah River weapons production
facility is also included in the Albuquerque Operations
Office projection along with work at the Y-12 Plant.
(b) The Directors of the Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore,
Sandia and Savannah River Laboratories submit long-range
projections of the work to be accomplished by their
respective laboratories to DP-1. These projections also
serve to fulfill the Department's institutional planning
requirements and are submitted through the cognizant
(c) As part of their projection submissions, the Operations
Office Managers and the Laboratory Directors provide
written assurance that there is no adverse impact on the
weapon program by nonweapon programs, or they identify
areas of potential adverse impact along with suggested
remedies. They also advise DP-1 whenever the aggregate
nonweapon activity proposed for the current or future
years varies significantly from the current projection.
(d) The Managers of the weapon complex operations offices
review and assess planned and assigned nonweapon work at
their respective weapon complex facilities in accordance
with this Order, related Departmental directives, guidance
provided by the Under Secretary and DP-1, and approved
a. Long-Range Projections are best estimates of weapon and non-weapon
work to be accomplished at weapon complex facilities based on broad
guidance and constraints provided by Headquarters and the
President's latest budget. They include a description of the
general nature and scope of the work involved and the associated
annual manpower, funding, and new facility requirements broken out
in terms of each sponsor's area of responsibility. Capital
equipment and plant not required primarily for a single sponsor are
categorized as general support. Details of content, format,
publication, and scheduling are prescribed by DP-1. To provide
commonality with other Departmental documentation, the laboratory
long range projections are titled, "Institutional Plans."
b. The Weapon Complex includes the three weapon laboratories whose
primary mission is nuclear weapon design and development: the
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLL), the Los Alamos Scientific
Laboratory (LASL), and the Sandia Laboratories (SL); the nuclear
weapon test installations; the nuclear weapon production facilities
(Pantex, Kansas City, Rocky Flats, Mound Facility, Pinellas, and
weapon production areas at Y-12 and the Savannah River Plant); the
Savannah River Laboratory (SRL); the Albuquerque Operations Office
(AL); the Nevada Operations Office (NV); the Savannah River
Operations Office (SR); and those elements of the San Francisco
(SAN) and Oak Ridge (OR) Operations Offices related to management
of the weapon program and the weapon complex.
c. The Weapon Complex Operations Offices include AL, NV, SR, OR for
Y-12 and SAN for LLL.
FOR THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
William S. Heffelfinger
Director of Administration