Defence Nuclear Organisation

Summary

Defence Nuclear Organisation
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Agency overview
Formed2016[1]
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
HeadquartersMoD Main Building, Whitehall
Employeesc300
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Vanessa Nicholls, Director–General
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence
Websitewww.gov.uk/government/organisations/defence-nuclear-organisation

The Defence Nuclear Organisation (DNO) is one of the seven top level budget holders within the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence. The organisation was formed in 2016, in order to oversee the MoD's nuclear enterprise.

Functions

The Defence Nuclear Organisation primarily serves to oversee the Ministry of Defence's Defence Nuclear Enterprise, that is the people, equipment, and the infrastructure all working together to provide the United Kingdom's continuous at sea deterrent.[2] This includes, the scientific research surrounding the nuclear program, the delivery of nuclear warheads, providing appropriate infrastructure for the program, and disposing of nuclear assets.[3]

Primarily based at the organisation's headquarters in the MoD Main Building in Whitehall, the over 300 staff are also based at MoD Abbey Wood in Bristol, RNAD Coulport in Argyll, and the Atomic Weapons Establishment near Reading.[3]

References

  1. ^ "House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts – Ministry of Defence nuclear programme – Sixty-First Report of Session 2017–19" (PDF). p. 10. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  2. ^ "House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts – Ministry of Defence nuclear programme – Sixty-First Report of Session 2017–19" (PDF). p. 6. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b "About us – Defence Nuclear Organisation". Retrieved 26 March 2021.

External links

  • Official website