Nuclear Weapons Laboratories National in Name Only

Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group (LASG) recently returned from another one of his trips to Washington, during which he meets with congressional and executive-branch officials and analysts about nuclear weapons. First, he followed up on the proposed nuclear-pit...

Low Tax Rates for the Rich Harm Not Only the Economy, But Defense

As regular readers know, we’ve been tracking the progress of the design and construction of a new nuclear facility (the CMRR-NF) at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. As we posted yesterday … Nuclear Pit Boondoggle at Los Alamos Temporarily...

Nuclear Pit Boondoggle at Los Alamos Temporarily Scuttled

The new budget for fiscal year 2013 (which begins on October 1) just released, reports Chris Schneidmiller for Global Security Newswire, calls for the Energy Department’s semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration to receive $11.5 billion. …...

Pit of Pits: Los Alamos Proposed Plutonium Facility

You may be familiar with the term fund of funds from the world of investments. It refers to a mutual fund that invests in other mutual funds; in the same vein, a fund of hedge funds invests in several different hedge funds. Hold that thought. Regular readers know that...

Nuclear Weapons Projects Don’t Even Qualify as Pork

As those who read Focal Points regularly know, a facility intended to provide technical support for the production of the plutonium pits for nuclear warheads is under construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The pit — which, one ventures to guess, makes...

Paving Over the Money Pit of Nuclear-Weapons Spending

To conform to the requirements of the congressional supercommittee, the House of Representatives is debating whether to cut hundreds of billions from nuclear weapons programs over the next 10 years. At the Atlantic, Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Funds writes::...
Nuclear Pits: Death in Its Most Concentrated Form

Nuclear Pits: Death in Its Most Concentrated Form

Even more than biological weapons such as anthrax, one drop of which may kill thousands, nothing kills more with less volume than a strategic nuclear weapon (as opposed to the smaller tactical, or battlefield, version). At only about five centimeters in radius, the...

Fukushima Be Damned, Federal Court Brushes Off Seismic Nuke Risks

Regular readers are aware of how alarmed we are by the construction of a facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico intended, in large part, to manufacture something known as plutonium pits. Before examining the latest development in attempts to halt it,...