NM Organization Chart

Senior Staff

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters (DASD(NM))

Mr. Peter Fanta [view bio]

The DASD(NM) fulfills the nuclear weapons roles, responsibilities, and functions for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (ASD(NCB)).

Principal Director
Col Bradley McAlpine, Acting [view bio]

Office Overview

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs/Nuclear Matters (OASD(NCB/NM)) serves as the focal point for Department of Defense (DoD) activities and initiatives related to the dual missions of sustaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent and countering the threat from nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation. In this capacity, Nuclear Matters also serves as a primary point of contact for Congress, the interagency, and the public. Nuclear Matters is comprised of representatives from all areas of the nuclear community, to include the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Kansas City National Security Campus, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Nuclear Matters has responsibilities in each of the following functional areas: nuclear physical security; nuclear weapon incident response; nuclear weapon surety; nuclear weapon enterprise oversight; nuclear assessments; and nuclear threat prevention, protection, and response. As part of these responsibilities, the Nuclear Matters office provides support to management and oversight groups responsible for each of the functional areas. Additionally, the office supports the completion of other nuclear-related responsibilities within the Department of Defense, to include developing congressional testimony, advising on arms control and treaty issues, and participating in budgeting and planning activities.

Functional Offices

The Nuclear Matters organization is comprised of four functional offices: Survivability and Nuclear Weapon Development; International Nuclear Programs; Nuclear Safety, Security and Response; and Readiness and Support.

Survivability and Nuclear Weapon Development (SNWD)
Survivability and Nuclear Weapon Development leads Nuclear Matters’ engagement and activities related to the joint Department of Defense (DoD)-Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC), the Council on Oversight of the National Leadership Command, Control, and Communications System (the Council), and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Survivability Oversight Council (CSOG). As such, it is responsible for providing comprehensive support to the NWC, the Council, and CSOG, including meeting logistics and administrative planning, action item coordination, and support in drafting and coordinating department and congressionally-mandated reports. On behalf of the NWC, SNWD provides DoD oversight for the development of nuclear weapons by coordinating with departmental stakeholders and the interagency (including Joint Staff, the military services, and the DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration) on requirements, acquisition, sustainment, and logistics, retirement, and dismantlement. SNWD performs analysis on survivability, command and control, and nuclear weapon matters, and provides leadership and participation in transformational nuclear initiatives and department wide review efforts, including Nuclear Posture Reviews.

International Nuclear Programs (INP)
International Nuclear Programs is the Department of Defense point of contact for efforts related to international programs of cooperation on issues related to atomic energy between the United States and its allies. INP is also responsible for the coordination of Department of Defense countering nuclear threat (CNT) efforts, both internally and across the U.S. government. INP plays a role in prevention and response efforts related to CNT.

Nuclear Safety, Security, and Response (NSSR)
Nuclear Safety, Security, and Response spearheads Nuclear Matters efforts related to: nuclear weapons surety; accident, incident, and response; and Physical Security Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E). Among its many direct responsibilities, NSSR ensures the currency of all DoD policies regarding safety, security, and control of DoD nuclear weapons and systems. NSSR is also responsible for chairing the DoD Physical Security Enterprise and Analysis Group (PSEAG), which provides programming, planning, and RDT&E funding support for Physical Security Equipment (nuclear and conventional) materiel requirements; leads and coordinates with the Department of Energy, and the greater interagency on the Security Policy Verification Committee (SPVC) addressing security policy across the enterprise; oversees the Nuclear Weapon Technical Inspection program; addresses nuclear weapon logistic transport safety issues; and, oversees nuclear weapons accident/incident response and related exercises. Additionally, NSSR supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) through its engagement in the Joint Theater Surety Management Group (JTSMG) and assists ASD(NCB) serving as the NATO High Level Group Vice-Chair for Safety, Security, and Survivability.

Readiness and Support (R&S)
Readiness and Support provides the organizational and operational foundation upon which Nuclear Matters relies. R&S is responsible for day-to-day staff action and administrative support as well as broader office transformation efforts. In addition to these duties, R&S participates in and coordinates Nuclear Matters’ role in the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution process and administers Nuclear Matters resources.


Department of Defense Directives (DoDD)

DoDD 2060.02, Department Of Defense (DoD) Combating Weapons Of Mass Destruction (WMD) Policy

DoDD 3150.08, DoD Response to Nuclear and Radiological Incidents

DoDD 3150.01, Joint DoD-Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOD-DOE/NNSA) Nuclear Weapon Life-Cycle Activities [Classified]

DoDD 3150.02, DoD Nuclear Weapon System Surety Program

DoDD 5105.62, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

DoDD 5134.08, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs (ASD(NCB))

DoDD 5210.41, Security Policy for Protecting Nuclear Weapons [Classified]

DoDD S-2060.04, DOD Support to the National Technical Nuclear Forensics (NTNF) Program [Classified]

Department of Defense Instructions (DoDI)

DoDI 3150.09, The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Survivability Policy

DoDI 3150.10, DoD Response to U.S. Nuclear Weapon Incidents

DoDI 3224.03, Physical Security Equipment (PSE) Research, Development, and Testing (RDT&E)

DoDI 4540.05, DoD Transportation of U.S. Nuclear Weapons

DoDI 5030.14, Disclosure of Atomic Information to Foreign Governments and Regional Defense Organizations

DoDI 5030.55, DoD Procedures for Joint DoD-DOE Life-Cycle Activities

DoDI 5210.02, Access to and Dissemination of Restricted Data and Formerly Restricted Data

DoDI 5210.42, Nuclear Weapon Personnel Reliability Assurance

DoDI O-5210.63, DoD Procedures for Security of Nuclear Reactors and Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) [Classified]

DoDI O-5210.67, Special Nuclear Material Information, Security Classification Guidance [Classified]

Department of Defense Manuals

DoDM 3150.02, DoD Nuclear Weapon System Safety Program Manual

DoDM 3150.08, Nuclear Weapon Accident Response Procedures (NARP)

DoDM 5210.42, Nuclear Weapons Personnel Reliability Program (PRP)

Defense Science Board (DSB) Reports

DSB 2005 Summer Study on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Weapons of Mass Destruction, May 2007

Report of the DSB on Nuclear Capabilities, December 2006

Report of the DSB on Nuclear Deterrence Skills, September 2008

Report of the DSB on Nuclear Weapons Effects Test, Evaluation, and Simulation, April 2005

Report of the DSB Permanent Task Force on Nuclear Weapons Surety on Nuclear Weapons Inspections for the Strategic Nuclear Forces, December 2008

Report of the Joint DSB/Threat Reduction Advisory Committee Task Force on The Nuclear Weapons Effects National Enterprise, June 2010

Other Relevant Documents

National Defense Strategy 2008

National Response Framework

National Security and Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, September 2008

National Security Strategy, December 2017

2018 Nuclear Posture Review [pdf] [NPR website]

Nuclear Posture Review Report, April 2010

Quadrennial Defense Review, 2014

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Report, February 2010

Report of the Secretary of Defense Task Force on DoD Nuclear Weapons Management, Phase I: The Air Force's Nuclear Mission, September 2008

Report of the Secretary of Defense Task Force on DoD Nuclear Weapons Management, Phase II: Review of the DoD Nuclear Mission, December 2008

"The Effects of Nuclear Weapons," 3rd Edition, Samuel Glasstone and Philip Dolan

Additional documents can be found at

or the Joint Electronic Library at