Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (Kitland/AFNWC)
Service or Branch: Air Force
Location: Kirtland Air Force Base, NM
STEM Fields: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, PhysicsEstablished in 2006, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center is Air Force Materiel Command's center of excellence for nuclear weapon systems, ensuring safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons are available to support the National Command Structure and Air Force. As part of the Air Force Acquisition team, we acquire, sustain, modernize and support the nation's most powerful weapon systems – our nuclear arsenal – for the safety and security of the United States, and the world. We offer a unique experience that civilians won’t find anywhere else – the opportunity to put your skills to work protecting our nation and our allies to ensure stability among nuclear powers and help preserve our way of life. You may not fly the planes, and you may not serve in combat. But at AFNWC, we are all airmen. The center has three execution directorates, one for ICBM systems, one for air-delivered systems, and a third focused on nuclear technology and interagency engagement. The two new directorates are the Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate and the Nuclear Technology and Interagency Directorate. The existing ICBM Systems Directorate has established a Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Division, ensuring seamless evolution from ICBM sustainment activities to the future Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent System. "Our mission is still to deliver nuclear capabilities and winning solutions that warfighters use daily to deter our enemies and assure our allies," said Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan, commander, AFNWC.