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September 20, 1987 | ROBERT SCHEER, Times Staff Writer
A new classified study by a senior physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has concluded that the lab's director was incorrect when he told Congress that continued nuclear testing is required to ensure the reliability of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The study, the most detailed of the U.S. nuclear testing program ever undertaken, appears to provide factual support for an emerging body of scientific opinion critical of the Defense Department's insistence on continued testing.
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September 20, 1987 | ROBERT SCHEER, Times Staff Writer
A new classified study by a senior physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has concluded that the lab's director was incorrect when he told Congress that continued nuclear testing is required to ensure the reliability of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The study, the most detailed of the U.S. nuclear testing program ever undertaken, appears to provide factual support for an emerging body of scientific opinion critical of the Defense Department's insistence on continued testing.
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September 16, 1998 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
In a game of nuclear bluff, both India and Pakistan exaggerated the number and size of the nuclear weapons each nation detonated earlier this year, overstating the power of the atomic bombs by a factor of four, according to the first independent scientific accounting of the controversial tests. Two of the five nuclear explosions announced by the Indian government may never have taken place, the analysis released today concluded.
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September 23, 1985 | ROBERT SCHEER, Times Staff Writer
"But is it a bomb?" Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger wanted to know one day walking through the halls of the Pentagon with his then-undersecretary, Richard D. Delauer. Weinberger was inquiring about the X-ray laser, a key weapon in President Reagan's "Star Wars" program. "I had to tell him," Delauer recalled recently, "you're going to have to detonate a nuclear bomb in space. That's how you're going to get the X-ray." But Weinberger repeated his question: "It's not a bomb, is it?"
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