FA52, or Nuclear and Counterproliferation, is a functional area in the U.S. Army. FA52 officers are experts in nuclear weapons, nuclear effects, strategic nuclear deterrence, and CWMD. They work on research and development, effects research and analysis, national nuclear strategy, planning, and policy formulation.
FA52 officers are selected for their ability to understand technical content and provide clear advice. They should have a graduate degree in a STEM or policy discipline. The Army also seeks talent with experience in nuclear physics, nuclear reactors, and CWMD operations.
To become a FA52 officer, qualified officers must attend and pass a qualification course at the U.S. Army Nuclear CWMD Agency (USANCA) in Fort Belvoir.