Personnel Reliability Program
Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) is a United States Department of Defense psychological evaluation program, designed to permit only the most trustworthy individuals to have access to nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, and biological weapons.
The program was first instituted during the Cold War. Among its goals are, (Quoting from DOD Directive 5210.42)
The PRP evaluates many aspects of the individual's work life and home life. Any disruption of these, or severe deviation from an established norm would be cause to deny access. The denial might be temporary or permanent. However, the policy does explicitly state,
In certain instances officers and enlisted personnel certified under PRP have been punitively punished for information that also disqualifies them from the program. The suspension from, or indeed the permanent removal of an individual from the program in it itself does not represent a punitive measure.
- DODD 5210.42 Nuclear Weapon Personnel Reliability Program (PRP), May 25, 1993
- Review of reports requested by the U.S. government on personnel reliability programs for laboratory personnel, pp. 28–57. Biosecurity Commons Review, May 2010