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Monday, April 13, 2009

The Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network

The Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network, a collaboration of six national and regional groups, released a major study on April 8, 2009, advocating a total stockpile of 500 nuclear warheads and a weapons complex downsized from eight sites to three. The network consists of the national organizations the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Project On Government Oversight (POGO); Nuclear Watch New Mexico, near the Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs; Tri-Valley CAREs, near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab; the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, near the Kansas City Plant (KCP); and JustPeace of Texas, near the Pantex Plant.

President Barack Obama has declared that a nuclear weapons-free world is a long-term national goal. The study outlines how that vision can begin to be concretely carried out in the near-term. The Network's report includes numerous recommendations for the Administration's pending Nuclear Posture Review.

The study integrates analysis of nuclear weapons doctrine, strategic force structure and the supporting weapons complex. The groups state that their plan would truly transform and downsize the nuclear weapons complex, in marked contrast to the National Nuclear Security Administration's plan for Complex Transformation.

The study's lead author is Dr. Robert Civiak, a physicist, former visiting scientist at Livermore Lab, and retired White House OMB budget examiner for DOE nuclear weapons programs. Civiak commented, "As a matter of overriding policy, the United States should view its strategic force for one purpose and one purpose only- to deter the use of nuclear weapons by others until the world is free of nuclear weapons. The Department of Defense and NNSA should structure U.S. nuclear forces and the weapons complex accordingly."

PDF copies of the Network's full report, the report's summary and a color map of the current and proposed nuclear weapons complex are posted at

Marylia Kelley,
Executive Director


Anonymous said...

This report was not requested by the Obama administration. This is an independent report. This post would lead one to think that the administration had requested the report. They did not. As such it has little or no value.

Anonymous said...

The administration will do as it's told. Asking questions is not required or desired.

Anonymous said...

Is there any doubt left as to the type of people that have the ears of this Administration and the new Congress?

Anonymous said...

No doubt whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

April 18, 2009 2:44 PM

You mean to say that anyone can concoct a report that says almost anything and the administration will accept and implement the findings? Since it would seem that you are suggesting that I think you should pen your own report and send it to the White House right away.

On the other hand, you may be just be caught up in the typical "oh-my-god-the-sky-is-falling"conservative malarkey.

I am sure you know that the report was not commissioned by anyone in government. You did know that, didn't you?

In the meantime you might want to find out who convinced the previous administration to turn the Lab into a morale busting bastion of mediocrity. You do understand that the mess we are in flows from the previous administration, don't you?

Anonymous said...

And which previous administration do you wish to blame - Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, or Bush 43?

And who allocated funds for the labs? Last time I checked the Constitution it was Congress.

I'm really tired of people blaming people out of office. It's the cowards excuse for failing to take action on the here and now problems.


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