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  • Administration’s Proposed Nuclear Warhead Budget , press release, 09 Feb 2016
    year spending plan that is for 2018 through 2021 four years by 5 2 B an average of 1 3 B per year an increase of about 10 citing what he said was inadequate funding for infrastructure and computing in particular We can now check to see if Sec Moniz got that funding Recent past and current year projected NNSA funding is shown in the following table It shows that funding requests grew by an average of 427 M for all years i e a total of 1 707 B over four years from February 2014 to February 2015 NNSA Overall Funding and Funding Requests FY2015 FY2021 B from DOE CBRs FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 FY20 FY21 FY15 CBR 11 658 12 282 12 682 12 971 13 247 FY16 CBR 11 399 12 565 13 071 13 346 13 907 14 067 FY17 CBR 11 399 12 527 12 884 13 539 14 068 14 373 14 784 It appears Sec Moniz s last minute plea or ploy to get the White House to commit to a larger future years funding stream for NNSA as a whole was not very successful Discernible overall NNSA budget growth i e growth for the years FY17 FY2020 was held to a total of 473 million or an average of 118 million per year an order of magnitude less than Sec Moniz allegedly requested NNSA s warhead projects serve an overall nuclear weapons modernization and deployment plan slated to cost a trillion dollars over 30 years for which no present funding source is adequate The overall U S defense budget is much more than just the military budget alone It easily now exceeds 1 trillion per year At 1 trillion the 125 million U S households currently pay or the federal government borrows on their behalf about 8 000 annually to pay for these security services Within this amount nuclear deployments and modernization are expected to cost roughly 1 trillion over 30 years assuming all goes as planned see the references in this 2015 overview As has been widely reported nuclear weapon system modernization costs are expected to peak in the 2020s creating serious conflicts with other defense priorities Lawrence Korb and Adam Mount at the Center for American Progress are among the most recent to carefully analyze these funding conflicts a job they have done very well indeed 3 Given these budgetary challenges which are quite serious without even examining the overall budgetary and economic assumptions behind them will the entire proposed suite of upgraded nuclear weapons currently envisioned really be developed built and deployed As many have said it is doubtful Even without cancellation of a single weapon system is the NNSA s 3 2 warhead plan the foundation of its entire budget request for warheads a plan which envisions a new interoperable Air Force Navy warhead IW 1 which the Navy does not want or need actually practical feasible prudent and defensible As we said here The Navy does

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  • Brief Informal Budget Heads-Up, press release, 08 Feb 2016
    for plutonium warhead core pit manufacturing was finally scrapped per Study Group request 3 billion B in new plutonium equipment remodeling was planned with 2 B in underground factory modules apparently deferred Schedules for the new stealth cruise missile Long Range Stand Off LRSO and its associated warheads were accelerated As noted then this weapon would better enable nuclear first strike and these strategic warheads were and are not counted under New START All these stories remain to our eyes quite interesting As we have previously we also provided inflation corrected budget charts NNSA Weapons Activities Weapons Activities by NNSA site Nota bene official inflation is now very low indeed Outyear increases in spending may or may not be justified by overall inflation NNSA of course has always experienced its own special program cost inflation rates What will be interesting in tomorrow s NNSA budget request The answers to this question will be unique to everyone The following are among the stories that come immediately to mind Pit infrastructure plans have changed again Reports suggest also here underground modules will reappear tomorrow with an extra billion or so dollars added to their projected Total Project Cost TPC To find the modules search tomorrow s Vol 1 for Project 04 D 125 the re vamped Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement CMRR Project CMRR had for a while disappeared entirely from the CBR but is now a partial catch all projects for plutonium infrastructure investments at Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL Lab space in the 3 B modules is now expected to cost up to 300 000 sq ft twice the previous plan s rate We can all verify this estimate tomorrow LANL s Radiological Utility and Office Building RLUOB also part of the CMRR project is expected to be a 1

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  • Bulletin 215: Internships, fellowships available, 4 Feb 2016
    interested please send a letter of application explaining why you are interested plus a resume or curriculum vitae plus references to Greg Mello Executive Director Los Alamos Study Group We hope some of you who have known us and our work for a long time will be headhunters for our tribe The potential to accomplish great things is quite real and we have a pretty good time As we say on the flyer The Study Group s husband wife staff team together with our supportive experienced board of directors provides balance maturity and extensive activist and technical experience The working environment is warm and focused Also and to be very blunt you can learn things here that are hard to pick up at Ivy League schools In this regard some of you may be interested in an article yesterday quoting Marc Edwards a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech Professor Who Exposed Flint Crisis Says Greed Has Killed Public Science academic pressure and financial motives have prohibited scientists from asking important questions Lauren McCauley Common Dreams February 03 2016 the original interview was in the Chronicle of Higher Education I am very concerned about the culture of academia in this country and the perverse incentives that are given to young faculty The pressures to get funding are just extraordinary We re all on this hedonistic treadmill pursuing funding pursuing fame pursuing academic citations and the idea of science as a public good is being lost This is something that I m upset about deeply I ve kind of dedicated my career to try to raise awareness about this I m losing a lot of friends People don t want to hear this In Flint the agencies paid to protect these people weren t solving the problem They were the problem

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  • Bulletin 214: Funding appeal (last day); what is to be done; will Udall and Heinrich push new nukes? (more), 31 Dec 2015
    support a stipend or low salary and so on Such a person would amplify the moral effectiveness by which I mean the political effectiveness of the church a hundredfold Pious homilies and petitions mean about zero It takes boots on the ground as the other side says What is essential is to get beyond the constraints of liberalism as well as the politically correct fads of today and to learn and gain experience and to learn to respect reality All this will happen if the commitment is strong enough As matters stand there is no social infrastructure not much experience not much independence from the political parties and from foundation philanthropy and so on which means there is no social movement no media and political traction to speak of and very little effectiveness What stands in the way more often than not is thinking the situation at every level and in every way is better than it is which leads to grossly inadequate merely hopeful strategies We can help with this and will do so if you ask But the leadership has to come from members Second we all need to simplify first and foremost to expand the space in which we can act both politically as well as practically in our own lives and also to boycott the destruction inherent in our consumerist culture As Chuck McCune of McCune Solar Works puts it we need to boycott ecocide Even as we work with all our might for political and policy change we cannot wait and we should not participate in needless destruction Our political system may never respond let alone sufficiently Our own household transformation is a powerful testimony provided we understand and shout from the rooftops that private initiatives won t be enough and act accordingly In all this we will need to bring our friends along with us For more on what is to be done please see the next post on Forget the Rest coming this afternoon 5 Internships available We don t have much money but we do have a little money and we have housing food and transportation and a supportive community We can offer the chance to help make a real difference For details and how to apply see the announcement on our home page to be posted soon 6 Feinstein opposes the proposed new nuclear cruise missile what about Udall On December 15 Senator Markey released a group letter opposing the development of the Long Range Stand Off LRSO weapon a proposed stealthy air launched cruise missile ALCM to be fitted with a nuclear warhead The letter was signed by Democratic senators Boxer Franken Leahy Markey Merkley Sanders Wyden and most importantly by Senator Feinstein Senator Feinstein is the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development which funds the Department of Energy DOE and the nuclear weapons programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA There are now 9 Republicans and 8 Democrats on this subcommittee Previously

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  • Bulletin 213: News you can use: the era of LANS at LANL is closing, 21 Dec 2015
    AECOM and BWXT were partners in other DOE contracts worth according to DOE 100 B 74 B and 67 B For this and much more see Competition or Collusion Privatization and Crony Capitalism in the Nuclear Weapons Complex Some Questions from New Mexico May 2006 More essential background on the LANS partners can be found in About the LANS partners January 2006 These are among the largest of all federal contracts Lawrence Livermore National Security LLNS with almost the same companies and almost the same board of directors runs the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL for NNSA and DOE Unlike some NGOs that should have known better this organization opposed competing sic it never was or will be a real competition the LANL contract during the presidency of G W Bush opposed privatizing LANL and we were never happy with LANS We have been very actively trying to end LANS tenure at LANL since the catastrophic WIPP contamination accident which was entirely caused by LANS incompetence serial deceptions arrogance and poor management For more articles showing the gradual development of this story see this page And by no means has all the dirt behind that accident come out It never will Meanwhile the list of LANS other management failures is very long far exceeding the expected total cost of the WIPP accident Take a look at our archive since LANS took over in 2006 not just our work but the government reviews and news media there as well So as you can imagine we are quite pleased with this outcome at least in a limited sense But will a new contractor be better Almost certainly not The problems lie deeper than any private contractor could fix And what better might mean in the LANL context might not be the same for all of us What will indisputably take place now is a re write of the LANL operating contract which as government experts have explained to us at length does not meet the legal standards of the Federal Acquisition Regulations FAR the Anti Deficiency Act ADA or various elementary accountability standards demanded by the Pentagon no great champion of accountability itself but miles beyond DOE As one government auditor put it At the NNSA labs appropriations go around and around like the clothes in a laundromat dryer No one outside the labs really knows on what or how well appropriations are spent Even the DOE Area Manager may not know of the existence or be allowed to know the purpose of some buildings on site as one serving area manager told us Contract reform will however be fought every step of the way by potential bidders and their embedded allies with some of the more than three dozen ways we have enumerated in which these companies corrupt government That list must await a future Bulletin A recent outline not the first nor will it be the last of our own suggested reforms can be found here LASG comments to the

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  • Bulletin 212: The turning? It depends, and partly on us. Also: critical fundraising appeal, 21 Dec 2015
    it largely lies in a simple quest for understanding and the willingness of a few people to accept communicate and otherwise hold and act upon the truths uncovered The more that lies imprison us the more essential and powerful truth becomes While living in truth Havel is never luxurious it can be far easier in mind and spirit than the alternative It calls us to a citizenship that is even pleasant rewarding and sociable and with effort compatible with our traditions It is the opposite of propaganda and advocacy as commonly understood in the nonprofit world It presents us with a problem of quality our own much more than quantity as Gandhi taught So before getting to the good and bad news which is piling up to such a depth that it has to come later today in Bulletin 213 we can say that beyond these categories it s all all of it news we can use We are the good news in other words The main thing for we who know and care even just a little a glimmer is to not sit and watch outside events but to stand up and participate inside We are all invited If you want to work with us please write or call Important fundraising appeal see also here for more complete version To all of you who have supported the Los Alamos Study Group financially this year and in previous years please accept our heartfelt thanks We also want to thank the volunteer s who are directly helping and the many others who have helped in the past donating precious hours of their skilled work Without generous support of both kinds there almost certainly would be a huge construction project under way sprawling across two mesas and a dozen or more technical areas at Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL aimed at greatly increasing U S manufacturing capacity for plutonium warhead cores pits In early 2012 that project was deferred for at least 5 years It was finally cancelled in 2014 Those of you who wish to help support our efforts and have not yet done so can donate by check to the address below by credit card over the phone or via secure link by donating stock thus avoiding capital gains and the associated taxes or by donating your car boat or real estate You can set up a monthly donation If you live in New Mexico you can ask Positive Energy to install a photovoltaic system at your home or business when the project is complete they will give the Study Group 500 If you are already a donor please consider being an ambassador for us The Study Group is a 501 c 3 organization all donations are fully tax deductible We set great store on peer to peer fundraising You have contacts and friends that we do not Fundraising conversations are themselves important political work among the most important in fact Returning to LANL s great expectations in processing and

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  • Bulletin 211: Support us financially if you can; “Coffee Club” opens; our plans; framing the issues, 8 Dec 2015
    children we must remember your humanity and forget the rest In that forgetting which is to say simplicity there is freedom Use it 2 Of local interest LASG Coffee Club Trish and I have decided to open the office for discussions on current political topics and news twice a week We are aiming for a warm and supportive atmosphere given the times We will serve healthy snacks as well as coffee and tea Children are welcome We will meet Thursdays from 7 30 to 9 00 am Fridays from 3 00 to 4 30 pm We will not meet on Christmas Eve and also not on Christmas Day but will meet New Year s Eve and New Year s Day if anyone is interested We will not meet during the first week in January i e on 1 7 and 1 8 but will pick up again the following week 1 14 and 1 15 3 Our general plans for 2016 We cannot lay out our program aspirations in detail here for a number of strategic reasons that should be plain Funding for example is uncertain But we can do so broadly both as to the issues and as to staffing As to issues we will work in three connected and mutually reinforcing areas U S nuclear disarmament a treaty prohibiting nuclear possession of nuclear weapons and related aspects of the Crisis in which we have special expertise local responsibility or simply cannot evade engagement Omitting most details and all tactical aspects we will work on these issues U S nuclear disarmament specifically U S plutonium policy primary as regards weapons but not excluding surplus disposition U S nuclear weapons modernization and deterrence policy overall which we perceive as ripening toward change and Department of Energy DOE weapons complex management and infrastructure issues A treaty banning nuclear weapons and Closely linked efforts mostly led by others in which we must lend a hand Resisting U S wars now increasing again in desperation recklessness callousness dimensionality and locations the associated militarism the war at home Helping halt global warming perhaps the largest context for everyone s work now Elucidating linkages between our downward spiraling economy regionally and nationally the all but invisible energy crisis global warming and militarism In all of these foregrounding vulnerable people communities and species a morally and politically necessary perspective which is mostly missing and Recruiting additional independent activists in our communities e g in the churches Without them we cannot win We want more staff and we want you to help us recruit them We see huge leadership gaps and we know we can help We don t have much money but we do have a strong and supportive community We could put about five new staff members to work immediately in these ways depending on skills research and related communications two or three people foundation and major donor fundraising one person and organizing social media and member services one or two people It would be

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  • Sustained Disapproval
    12 Portions of the print media record of the public debate about nuclear waste disposal at Los Alamos National Laboratory 1992 2006 pdf Nov 1992 Dec 1993 Jan 1994 Jul 30 1999 Jul 30 1999 Feb 8 2001 Feb 8 Jul 4 2001 Jul 5 17 2001 Aug Sep 2001 October 2001 Nov 1 2001 Mar 7 2002 Mar 8 Apr 30 2002 May 1 Sep 30 2002 Oct 1

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