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GAO criticizes NNSA's paperwork over nuclear bomb core production/ LANL: says they cant build the q

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posted on Jun, 3 2008 @ 07:42 AM
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GAO criticizes NNSA's paperwork over nuclear bomb core production/ LANL: says they cant build the quantity NNSA wants!


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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.
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posted on Jun, 3 2008 @ 07:42 AM
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Because facilities at the lab are used for a variety of projects, not just pit production, the costs of the work were already covered, he said.

"No additional funds were required to expand those facilities to meet the objectives of the pit manufacturing and certification project," Kane said in his reply.

The report also found that NNSA's plans to expand production at the lab to up to 80 pits a year will probably be held back because of limitations at the current building used to make them, called the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research, or CMR building, which was constructed in the early 1950s and isn't equipped to handle large amounts of plutonium.

That building is used not only to make pits but for a variety of other operations at the lab.

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I bet most of you were suprised to read the US is not only still making nuclear bombs but seeks to expand production by 8 fold! if they get the funding strightened out?


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