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Strengthening Long-Term Nuclear Security: Protecting Weapon-Usable Material in Russia
managed by Russian facilities. The percentage provided to Russian facilities should increase as rapidly as possible to reflect the importance of indigenization. This approach could allow savings on the U.S. side by reducing the number of U.S. visits required to manage activities that Russian experts could supervise.
Some of the foregoing steps have been taken by DOE on a modest scale. Indeed, since this study was initiated in 2003, the DOE management team has demonstrated much greater sensitivity to the importance of indigenization and has reflected this sensitivity in a number of program activities. Still, a more concerted effort in these areas would expedite the upgrade process and also foster indigenization.