DoD Transportation of U.S. Nuclear Weapons
|Publication Date:||31 August 2018|
PURPOSE. This Instruction:
a. Reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 4540.5 (Reference (a)) as a DoD Instruction in accordance with the authority in DoDD 5134.01 (Reference (b)) to establish policy, update responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for DoD transportation of U.S. nuclear weapons, including logistic transportation, operational transport, and emergency logistic movement as defined in the Glossary.
b. Incorporates and cancels DoD 4540.5-M (Reference (c)).
c. Authorizes the establishment of the Nuclear Transportation Working Group (NTWG).
APPLICABILITY. This Instruction:
a. Applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (hereafter referred to collectively as the "DoD Components").
b. Applies to all U.S. nuclear weapon movements except those conducted within limited areas by DoD personnel in the course of routine storage and maintenance of nuclear weapons.
c. Does not apply to the transport of nuclear weapon limited-life components (LLCs), special nuclear material (SNM), or nuclear weapons-related materiel.
d. Does not direct or change Nuclear Weapons Technical Inspections (NWTI) guidance or procedures.