Kirtland Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

Library > Fact sheets > Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center


Posted 6/2/2016 Printable Fact Sheet
Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Emblem
Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Emblem
Download HiRes

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC), established on March 31, 2006, is the nuclear-focused center within Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) synchronizing all aspects of nuclear materiel management on behalf of the AFMC Commander in direct support of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).

Headquartered at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, the center has approximately 1,000 personnel assigned at 18 locations worldwide and consists of four execution directorates: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Systems Directorate (NI), Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate (ND), Nuclear Technology and Interagency Directorate (NT), and the Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Integration Directorate (NC), as well as 10 staff functional directorates. The center draws on the support of over 800 contractors in accomplishing its mission.

AFNWC Mission:
Deliver nuclear capabilities Warfighters use every day to deter and assure.

AFNWC Vision:
Ensuring our Nation's most powerful weapon systems are never doubted, always feared.

We are:
"The Nucleus of America's Deterrent"

AFNWC Strategic Goals:
- Resource, develop, and care for a diverse, mission-driven workforce
- Acquire and sustain effective nuclear weapon systems in a timely and cost effective manner
- Provide agile and effective Nuclear Materiel Management in support of AFGSC, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and other stakeholders

Key Organizations

Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Directorate (NI)
The ICBM Systems Directorate is principally located at Hill AFB, Utah, with operating locations at Vandenberg AFB, California; F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; and Minot AFB, North Dakota. It is comprised of approximately 70 active-duty military and 400 federal civilians. The directorate is responsible for inception-to-retirement, integrated weapons system management of the Minuteman III and future ICBM weapon systems. The directorate develops, acquires and supports silo-based ICBMs and provides program direction and logistics support as the single face to the customer. The directorate is also responsible for acquisition, systems engineering and depot repair. They manage equipment spares, provide storage and transportation, and accomplish modifications and equipment replacement to sustain silo-based ICBM systems.

Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate (ND)
The Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate's mission is to deliver, sustain and support air-delivered nuclear weapon systems for our warfighters to secure the future of our nation and our allies, every day. The directorate is comprised of approximately 38 active-duty military and 183 federal civilians, and is located at Kirtland AFB. Programs managed by the directorate include: B61-12 Life Extension Program, Long Range Stand Off missile, W80-4 Life Extension Program, overseas Weapon Storage and Security System; Protective Aircraft Shelter Interior Intrusion Detection System; and Air Launched Cruise Missile (AGM-86B/C/D) sustainment. The directorate oversees locations at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Eglin AFB, Florida; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Ramstein AFB, Germany; Robins AFB, Georgia; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Nuclear Technology and Interagency Directorate (NT)
The Nuclear Technology and Interagency Directorate is located at Kirtland AFB and is comprised of approximately 25 active-duty military and 90 federal civilians. The directorate is responsible for providing intelligence support to AFNWC, analyzing the full spectrum of weapons effects to support acquisition programs and inform tactics and procedures, and assessing current and future nuclear systems to identify and mitigate potential vulnerabilities. The directorate is also responsible for managing the Air Force's Nuclear Certification Program in accordance with AFI 63-125, chairing the interagency forums responsible for coordinating the integration of nuclear warheads with delivery systems, and leading the capability development initiatives for all pre-Milestone A/B activities within the center.

Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Integration Directorate (NC)
The Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) Integration Directorate is currently being activated and will be principally located at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, and Kirtland AFB.  It will eventually include personnel at Los Angeles AFB, California; Hill AFB, Utah; Tinker AFB; Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; Robins AFB; Wright-Patterson AFB; and Fort Meade, Maryland. Once fully manned, the directorate will be comprised of approximately six active-duty military and 57 federal civilians. It will be responsible for integrating the NC3 weapon system across the Air Force's materiel management enterprise. The directorate will advise AFGSC on the NC3 weapon system's technical architecture and inform key decisions regarding NC3 investment and modernization. The directorate will also be responsible for NC3 weapon system configuration management, system test, system verification, and system certification. Its director is dual-hatted as the Program Executive Officer for the specific constituent elements of the Air Force NC3 Weapon System assigned by the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive.

(Current as of May 2016)

 Inside Kirtland AFB

ima cornerSearch

ima cornerOrganizations


Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act