Naval Reactors

Naval Reactors (NR), also known as the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program,[1] is an umbrella term for the U.S. government office that has comprehensive responsibility for the safe and reliable operation of the United States Navy's nuclear propulsion program. A single entity, it has authority and reporting responsibilities within both the United States Department of the Navy (Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, OPNAV, and the Naval Sea Systems Command, NAVSEA) and the United States Department of Energy in its National Nuclear Security Administration.[2]

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Naval Reactors is headed by the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, who is a Navy four-star admiral. The director serves for a nominal eight-year term of office, the longest standard assignment in the U.S. military.[3][4] The program was originally created under Executive Order 12344, by the president of the United States on February 1, 1982 The director was concurrently assigned as the deputy administrator for Naval Reactors for the National Nuclear Security Administration via Pub.L. 98–525 (50 U.S.C. § 2406) on October 19, 1984 in order to assist them in the research, design, development, health, and safety matters pertaining to naval nuclear propulsion plants via 42 U.S.C. § 7158. Executive Order 12344 was made a permanent federal program via Pub.L. 106–65 (text) (PDF) of October 5, 1999 (50 U.S.C. § 2406).[5]


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