TOO BIG TO FAIL? DON’T BET ON IT
When three nonviolent peace activists breached the fences at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex last July (Transform Now Plowshares), it cost the government somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million dollars, not counting numerous investigations, to address the security deficiencies that were revealed by the incursion. Names were [...]
One might think, if one were designing a facility to produce thermonuclear weapons of mass destruction, that the first design consideration would be security. One would be wrong—if one were working for the US National Nuclear Security Administration designing the Uranium Processing Facility for the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, that is.
The United States of America, first among nuclear weapons states, was also first in line to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1969. The Treaty was ratified by the US Congress and entered into force in March, 1970. Article 6 of the Nonproliferation Treaty commits the United States to “pursue negotiations in good faith [...]
R. Jeffrey Smith of the Center for Public Integrity provided a first peek at the long-awaited internal review of the US nuclear weapons stockpile by the Obama Administration. According to the report, a proposed classified directive prepared for the President’s signature outlines reductions of strategic warheads approaching 1,000 warheads and contemplates negotiations with Russia to [...]Continue Reading