October 17, 1999
Robert Scheer (Commentary, Oct. 5) states that "we know" the theft of design information on the most sophisticated thermonuclear warhead in the U.S. arsenal, the W-88, "occurred during the Reagan administration." The Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China warned against focusing on events prior to 1988 and the FBI and the Department of Justice have recently reopened their investigation. The arbitrary 1988 cutoff in the original espionage investigation is one of the reasons for its premature focus on Wen Ho Lee. Scheer implies that information about Lee "leaked from a congressional committee."
November 10, 2010 |
The Energy Department said Tuesday it had fined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the nation's two nuclear weapons design centers, $200,000 for deficiencies in its program to protect workers from exposure to toxic beryllium dust. A consent order issued by the Energy Department's Office of Health, Safety and Security outlined a series of breakdowns at the lab, including failure to adequately control worker exposure, perform hazard assessments in buildings, measure the amount of beryllium in work areas and effectively train employees who work with the metal.
October 28, 2009 |
A big earthquake and resultant fire could trigger potentially deadly releases of radioactive materials from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico due to "major deficiencies" in the nuclear weapons lab's safety planning, federal safety experts warned Tuesday. The warning from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board was sent to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, urging him to "execute both immediate and long-term actions." A spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, a part of the Energy Department, said, "We are currently evaluating the board's recommendation and preparing a formal response."
July 15, 2010 |
Even as it touts U.S. efforts to sharply reduce its number of nuclear warheads, the Obama administration plans to increase spending on the aging nuclear weapons infrastructure to levels reminiscent of the Cold War, a new budget document shows. A 20-year spending plan from the agency that manages the nuclear arsenal shows that the administration wants to hike nuclear weapons spending to an average of more than $8 billion a year, compared with recent spending levels of $6 billion to $7 billion a year.
May 7, 2004 |
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham is expected today to outline a sweeping upgrade of security at the nation's nuclear weapons sites, a move that reflects growing concern over the facilities' vulnerability to terrorist attack. The planned actions include the closing of several nuclear facilities, an improvement in cyber security for sensitive data and an overall strengthening of gates, guns and locks throughout the nuclear weapons complex, sources said.
October 1, 2004 |
As President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry wrestled over foreign policy in their first debate Thursday, some facts were oversimplified, others were exaggerated and still others dropped from sight entirely. No mistake was so glaring that it was likely to do lasting damage to a candidate. But as they grappled on the familiar territory of the Iraq war and related subjects, the combatants shaded the truth again and again in ways that echoed what they have said on the campaign trail.