Suggestions for Strategic Planning for the Office of Nonproliferation Research and Engineering

by James Bonomo

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The Office of Nonproliferation Research and Engineering, part of the National Nuclear Security Administration within the Department of Energy, conducts wide-ranging research for diverse end users at the federal and local level. As such, the Office faces a number of unusual challenges in determining how to best serve its users' needs while justifying its budget. To help meet these challenges, this report suggests specific changes in the Office's planning of its research program. The author presents two sets of planning methods that appear to be particularly promising: One set of planning methods focuses on strengthening the Office's connection with the various end users of its research, and the second set of methods focuses on demonstrating and enhancing the quality of the program through expansion and systematization of the peer reviews that are already in use.

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