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June 10, 2013
Bulletin #172: Fundraising drive; upcoming meetings and film screenings; more
Dear friends –
1. Help us fundraise, please!
Many of you have very generously supported the Study Group through the years, and that support has made a significant difference in U.S. nuclear weapons policies. We have played an important and unique role in many policy debates over the past two decades. Again and again we have rebuffed efforts to expand plutonium capabilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and as a result there are no expanded facilities to produce entirely new warheads on a large scale. We intend to make sure that continues to be the case. We are making progress, even in these difficult political times.
This is possible because the U.S. nuclear weapons establishment rests on a foundation of lies. It is antithetical to humane values – to, as a Vatican ambassador once put it, “the peace we seek.”
Please consider bringing our work to the attention of your friends and associates. It could make a big difference.
2. Please join us at these upcoming New Mexico meetings and events (and one radio show)
3. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and the U.S. nuclear weapons enterprise overall, is in trouble.
In Bulletin #171 we said NNSA was “deteriorating” and predicted that we would soon see more evidence that NNSA’s nuclear modernization programs were spiraling out of control. We said the Obama administration had “almost gone on vacation” as far as nuclear weapons management goes, with increasing hell to pay.
The very next day, NNSA Administrator Neile Miller resigned (“As Problems Mount, U.S. Nuke Warhead Chief Steps Down,” LASG press release of May 17, 2013).
As we have said in recent meetings, there is absolutely no way NNSA can complete its ambitious work plan, whether or not it gets its proposed ever-larger budgets. Likewise, there is absolutely no way DoD can or will buy all the nuclear weapons delivery systems now promised. The administration’s baseline nuclear weapons plan is simply inexecutable.
We are now expanding on this theme in some detail and will be briefing our results on Capitol Hill soon.
4. The latest plan for Los Alamos plutonium facilities: underground factory "modules"
The details – or we know of them – are in our press release of May 7, 2013.
See also these press reports:
We have gathered together some of the best original references on the new plutonium plan in a new web page (LANL's proposed Modular Pit Facility – “It grows as it goes”). You might be interested in these links:
5. Recent publications
There is much more to say but perhaps this is enough for one bulletin. Thanks for all your support.
Greg, Trish, and Mia, for the Study Group