What is the Defence Nuclear Enterprise (DNE)

Ministry of Defence
2 min readJan 4, 2023

The Defence Nuclear Enterprise (DNE) is the overall umbrella term used to describe the federation of organisations and arrangements that enables, maintains, and delivers the continuous at sea deterrent (CASD) and submarine forces. These include the Defence Nuclear Organisation (DNO) and Royal Navy (RN), together with the two key delivery agencies — the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), UK Strategic Command, Sheffield Forgemasters, our industry partners and other government departments, who in various ways support our shared mission.

What exciting opportunities are there for me in the DNE?

There are a whole range of exciting opportunities for you in the DNE. Click on one of the links below to find out more about what you could be involved in and what to do if you want to know more:

Defence STEM Undergraduate Sponsorship (DSUS) Scheme

Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME) Level 6 Apprenticeship

What do people in the DNE say about their experience?

“For me, an apprenticeship has been a win-win situation. It helped me to refine my career goals, to learn a rewarding career for life and to earn a wage, which has enabled me to buy my first house at the age of 23.” — Harriet, Sheffield Forgemasters

“The support provided to me by the company has been brilliant and I am thankful that I have joined an organisation which is providing me with everything I need for my role.” — Lewis, Sheffield Forgemasters

Where else can I find out more?

The following webpages offer more detail about organisations within the DNE, and other programmes that may be of interest:

AWE (Organisation website)
AWE (Government website)
Defence Nuclear Organisation (Government website)
DE&S (Organisation website)
DE&S (Government website)
Ministry of Defence (Government website)
Royal Navy (Organisation website)
Sheffield Forgemasters (Government website)
Sheffield Forgemasters (Organisation website)
Submarine Delivery Agency (Government website)



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