The initial signatories to this Charter arc DOE, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DES), The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and the U.S. Department of Defeitse [DoD), collectively referred to (together with any future: participants in this charter) as the “Parties,” Additional government agencies may become parties to this Charter.


This Charter is authorized under the provisions of the following authorities:

•   For DOE, including NNSA, Section 646 of the Department of Energy Organization Act (Pub. L. 95-91, as amended:42 U.S.C. § 7256); Title XXXII of the National Defense Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2000, Public Law 106-65.

•   For DoD, 10 U.S.C. 113, “Secretary of Defense.”

•   For DHS, 6 U.S.C. § 112, “Secretary; functions.”

•   For ODNI, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Public Law 108-458.


a)   Mission Executive Council

The Parties each agree to appoint two senior executives to serve as members of the Mission Executive Council (hereinafter “Council”). The Council will be led by two Co-Chairs, the Mission Co-Chair and the Capabilities Co-Chair. The Director, National Counterproliferation Center, representing the DNI, will serve as the Mission Co-Chair, with the understanding that the role may rotate among the parties each year, as the Council decides. The DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security (NNSA Administrator), representing DOB as the sponsor and contracting authority for the National Laboratories, will serve as the Capabilities Co-Chair. Council meetings will be scheduled at least quarterly, with reports of Council meetings being provided to all Parlies by the Staff Secretary.

The Council will serve as an inter-agency forum for discussion and coordination on developing priorities among the Parties regarding long-term strategic ST&E capabilities at the National Laboratories. On at least an annual basis, and more often as may be deemed necessary, the Council will; (1) review and assess the adequacy of national security ST&E capabilities at the National laboratories in identified crosscutting areas; (2) identify and consider candidate ST&E capabilities needing interagency attention; (3) consider the Subcommittee’s recommendations on the development or sustainment of capabilities required to close identified gaps; and (4) take such actions as may be necessary and appropriate. Each Party will bring to the discussions of the Council those ST&E requirements that might impact the execution of the mission of any of the Parties.

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