Earlier this month, UCS’s two nuclear power experts—Dave Lochbaum and Ed Lyman—took part in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) 28th annual Regulatory Information Conference (RIC). The RIC, held on March 8-10, was attended by some 2,800 people. Most were from the NRC and the nuclear industry, but also in attendance were roughly ten members of the public and staff from public-interest organizations. Read more >
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May 7, 2015 2:11 PM EDT
On Tuesday, the U.S. delegation to the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York issued a statement on the alert level of U.S. nuclear weapons.
Unfortunately, the statement is disingenuous and misleading, and relies on word games to obfuscate the real issues. It inappropriately seeks to dispel NPT delegates’ concerns about the U.S. practice of keeping nuclear missiles ready to be launched within minutes, giving the president the option of launching these missiles based on warning of an incoming attack. Read more >
October 18, 2013 6:00 AM EDT
The U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories have a program that allows their scientists and other researchers to conduct independent research and development (R&D) on subjects unrelated to the primary missions of the labs. This program—the Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program—allows the labs to set aside up to 8% of their budgets each year for such R&D. Grants are awarded competitively, and funded by overhead charged by each laboratory to both its DOE and non-DOE sponsors. Read more >
October 17, 2013 9:47 AM EDT
Today we released our report Making Smart Security Choices, which takes a broad look at the U.S. nuclear weapons complex and assesses what is going well and what needs improving, what there is too much and too little of, and how to make its work consistent with the U.S. commitment to further reducing its arsenal.
In part, the report looks at current plans for building new facilities and argues for cancelling or postponing some of them. Read more >
June 19, 2013 12:53 PM EDT
President Obama gave a speech in Berlin today that included a paragraph about nuclear weapons: Read more >