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Thursday, August 23, 2018

NNSA staying under DOE

NNSA staying under DOE is a good idea, according to former DOE officials.

Changing nuclear oversight threatens security, tech edge
BY SPENCER ABRAHAM, ERNEST MONIZ, CLAY SELL AND ELIZABETH SHERWOOD-RANDALL


http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/402993-changing-nuclear-oversight-threatens-security-tech-edge

Now that the 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act has become law, there is a lesson to be learned from a furtive effort to fundamentally change the way the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile is sustained to ensure a reliable deterrent. 

We learned at the eleventh hour that language had been inserted into the Senate-passed bill that would have weakened the management of vital Department of Energy (DOE) national security programs that assure the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear deterrent, reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation, and provide global nuclear propulsion for the U.S. Navy.

Although the language ultimately was removed, Congress should move beyond recurrent attempts to eliminate, or substantially limit, nuclear security leadership by the cabinet member responsible for America’s premier nuclear science and technology enterprise and for the broader national laboratory system that is critical to its success.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

If congress want to move NNSA to DOD and get away from the silliness of DOE than now is good time for that too happen.

Anonymous said...

NNSA does a shitty job at everything. So does DOE. If they disappeared, life would be better.

Anonymous said...

If congress want to move NNSA to DOD and get away from the silliness of DOE than now is good time for that too happen.

August 25, 2018 at 11:28 AM

Although that might seem at first to be a good idea you have to remember that DOD is also very screwed up. The DOD or the military run labs are a total joke.

Anonymous said...

There are very strong reasons, realized after WWII, why nuclear weapon research and development were placed in the newly-created civilian-run AEC, and not in DoD. Read some history before you bloviate on the subject

Anonymous said...

5:33 PM needs to explain how R&D of the 1940's is the same as 2010's work to maintain.

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