Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

U.S. Stockpile Size Affects Lab Workload.

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

Fewer U.S. nuclear weapons would reduce the number of plutonium bomb parts that would have to be built at Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to a veteran U.S. government adviser.

A Bush administration review of the size of the U.S. stockpile, announced Friday, could lead to reduced pressure on Los Alamos to expand plutonium manufacturing operations, said Sidney Drell, a California physicist and longtime adviser to the U.S. nuclear weapons program.

Much of the nuclear weapons research at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories would be unchanged by a reduction in stockpile size, according to Drell. …

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