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National Nuclear Security Agency's plans for the production of nuclear bomb cores, called pits
In 2002, NNSA told the lab to be able to make 10 pits per year, including one "war reserve pit," for a Navy sub by 2007. NNSA estimated the cost for that work at about $1.55 billion.
In 2007, the lab delivered 11 pits, including eight Navy war reserve pits, and the cost of the entire project came in at about $260 million less than the original estimate, according to NNSA.