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Kirtland AFB Nuclear Weapons Complex
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Weapons Complex Map
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Nuclear Weapons Complex
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Facility Spotlight:
Dec. 12, 2015. Kansas City Plant: Scores of workers have died after making nuclear weapons at the Bannister Road plant. A government review finds more radioactive materials used at the plant than was previously known. The federal government has paid $55 million to sickened workers, but a vast majority are still frustrated that they have not been compensated. (read more)
At Y-12, the cost of designing the Uranium Processing Facility keeps spiraling: $92 million in '06, $2 billion by '16. (How do you spend 2 billion dollars designing anything?) - See OREPA's June '15 UPF update

- NNSA Cuts Los Alamos Lab's Award Fees by 90%
- DOE IG Report: Sandia Labs Misused Federal Funds
- Y-12: Poster Child For A Dysfunctional Nuclear
  Weapons Complex

nuclear misconduct
Nuclear Weapons Complex Misconduct
Dec. 3, 2015. POGO: Updated Federal Contractor Misconduct Database, focussing on Nuclear Complex (see report at POGO)

ANA Map of nuclear risks USA
Click the image to download this large printable map of DOE sites, commercial reactors, nuclear waste dumps, nuclear transportation routes, surface waters near sites and transport routes, and underlying aquifers. This map was prepared by Deborah Reade for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.

Quote of the Week

"This suggestion, that nuclear weapons should be a "flexible" option, is alarming. We should never lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons. In fact, I believe we can further reduce the role of nuclear weapons while still maintaining their deterrent effect by terminating the LRSO and instead relying on conventional nonnuclear weapons."
- Senator Diane Feinstein, Comments on the New Nuclear Cruise Missile during General Floor Debate on the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, April 20, 2016.

Kirtland nuclear weapons complex
The Kirtland AFB Nuclear Weapons Complex
Kirtland Air Force Base, which abuts and shares some runways with the Albuquerque airport, has become a major nuclear weapons complex of it's own. It hosts the Air Force's Nuclear Weapons Center, Sandia National Laboratories, and what is probably the nation's (and perhaps the world's) largest repository of nuclear weapons, estimated at up to 2,500 warheads... (read more)

Follow the Money!

NNSA FY 2017 Budget Request
- Nuclear Watch Analysis/Compilation (PDF)

FY 2017 LANL
LANL FY 2017 Budget Request
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Lawrence Livermore FY 2017 Budget Request
Lawrence Livermore Lab FY 2017 budget chart
For Livermore Lab, Nuclear Weapons Activities still dominate the budget, increasing to over 86%.
Chart by Tri-Valley CARES

NNSA Admin Frank Klotz

Video, Senate hearing March 16:
Review of FY 2017 NNSA Budget Request
Testifying: General Frank Klotz, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, among others; questioning by Sens. Diane Feinstein, Lamar Alexander, Stewart Udall, and Lindsay Graham regarding the new nuclear cruise missile, dropping of the MOX facility in favor of "dilute and dispose" at WIPP, weapons-related v. non-proliferation funding, the modernization of nuclear forces and upgrades to the nuclear weapons labs. (Senate Committee on Appropriations- Energy and Water Development Subcommittee; Wednesday, March 16, 2016)

Congressional Budget Office report:
Projected Costs of Nuclear Forces 2014-2023

CBO presentation based on the report:
Projected Nuclear Forces Budget Through 2023
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Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
- View/Download FY 2017 SSMP (PDF)
-SSMP Analysis of Hans Kristensen, FAS: Nuclear Transparency and the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
- View/Download FY 2015 SSMP (PDF)
- NWNM Analysis (PDF) / Analysis Summary (PDF)

2016 ANA Report: The Trillion Dollar Trainwreck

ANA 2016: The Trillion Dollar Trainwreck
Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks.
Alliance For Nuclear Accountability Report 4/2016

ANA 2015: The Growing U.S. Nuclear Threat
Spending on "modernization" increases the nuclear danger. Lack of accountability wastes billions and puts the public at risk.
Alliance For Nuclear Accountability Report 5/2015

Nuclear Watch Media

Jay Coghlan, Nukewatch Director Interview
Earth Matters Radio re legacy of the US nuclear weapons program on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings. Thursday Aug 6 at 10 am and 8 pm on 89.1FM. Archived podcast here

NukeWatch YouTube Channel
See our playlists of key video clips.

Chuck Montaño

Chuck Montaño, LANL whistleblower June 12 OpEd, ABQ Journal:
- Public kept in dark over LANL

- Letter to House Subcommittee on Oversight requesting resumption of its investigation into sudden terminations of LANL fraud investigators in view of new evidence and testimony: view/download PDF

- US Justice Dept. Needs To Investigate Los Alamos Cover-Up: A petition requiring officials to stop ignoring retribution against whistleblowers that is standard practice at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

POGO Book Review:
- Once Upon a Time in Los Alamos

Los Alamos: A Whistleblower's Diary, by Chuck Montaño, 2015. (More info)

April 21, Los Alamos Daily:
Chuck Montaño was given the ANA Whistleblower award in Washington DC: (story)

Chuck Montaño serves on Nuclear Watch New Mexico's Steering Committee.

plutonium pit production history

Successful Citizen Activism Against
Expanded U.S. Plutonium Pit Production

This is the unsung story of successful citizen activism against repeated government attempts to expand the production of plutonium pit cores, which has always been the choke point of resumed U.S. nuclear weapons production. This history is a critical part of the march toward a future world free of nuclear weapons. We gratefully dedicate it to Leroy Moore, longtime activist with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, and J. Carson Mark, retired director of the Los Alamos Lab's Theoretical Division and ardent arms control advocate.
(View/download full report- PDF)

Updates: Plutonium Pit Production
April 23, 2015: NukeWatch Fact Sheet
(View/download "Plutonium Pit Production at LANL")

nuclear firestorm Manhattan
What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?
You should read this.

Jan 26, 2016
Doomsday Clock: Three Minutes to Midnight
"In keeping the hands of the Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board mean to make a clear statement:
"The world situation remains highly threatening to humanity, and decisive action to reduce the danger posed by nuclear weapons and climate change is urgently required." (The Bulletin, Jan 26, 2016)

A City Irradiated and Abandoned
Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl
Photo essay by Lynn Hilton, The Guardian

Who Will Claim Ronald Reagan's Mantle On Ronald Reagan Nuclear Disarmament Today?
"A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. The only value in our two nations possessing nuclear weapons is to make sure they will never be used. But then would it not be better to do away with them entirely?" -1984 State of the Union
"We seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth."
  -Inaugural Address, 1985
(Read more of "Ronald Reagan, Republicans, and Nuclear Weapons" by Jonathan Granhoff, President, Global Security Institute)

The nuclear threat has changed. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Bill Perry tells a harrowing story of a false alarm that almost set off nuclear Armageddon. Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn explains why we can't rely on technology to work perfectly in an age of cyber attack and terror.

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Chernobyl, 30 yrs on
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April 26, 2016: Chernobyl 30 Years On
The biggest man-made disaster of all time... (so far)
The Chernobyl disaster released approximately 100 times more radiation than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 800,000 men risked their lives by exposing themselves to radiation in order to contain the situation. 25,000 of these have died (20% of the deaths were suicides) and 70,000 are disabled.
Chernobyl fallout map 'Most radioactive materials from an atomic [bomb] blast have a maximum half-life of 50 years. However, in the Chernobyl meltdown, most of the actual exploding was due to containment failure and explosions from steam build-up. Chunks of fuel rods and irradiated graphite rods remained intact. Furthermore, the reaction has, both initially and over its life, produced a far higher amount of radioactive materials. This is partly due to the nature of the reaction, the existence of intact fuel to this date, and that the explosion happened at ground level. A fission explosion at ground level creates more radioactive isotopes due to neutron activation in soil. Furthermore, the half-lives of the isotopes made in the Chernobyl accident (because of the nature of the process) are considerably longer. It is estimated that the area will not be habitable for humans for another 20 000 years (Edit: to prevent further debate I rechecked this number. That is the time before the area within the cement sarcophagus - the exact location of the blast - becomes safe. The surrounding area varies between 20 years and several hundred years due to uneven contamination)..."
(ref: Physics discussion: Why can Hiroshima be inhabited when Chernobyl cannot?)

A City Irradiated and Abandoned
Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl
Photo essay by Lynn Hilton, The Guardian
Washington Post: Chernobyl disaster survivors skeptical of plans to contain nuclear radiation
New York Times: 30 Years After Chernobyl Disaster, Shelter Nears Completion
The Bulletin: Chernobyl, Fukushima, and preparedness for a "next one"
PBS Frontline: Return to Chernobyl
Federation of American Scientists: Chernobyl After 30: The Vesuvius of our Time
The Guardian: 'It was anarchy': a family reflects on the Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on
Science Daily: Chernobyl, three decades on
HuffingtonPost: Ukraine Remembers Chernobyl Disaster Victims 30 Years On

Chernobyl, 30 yrs on
A new steel-clad arch, costing 1.5 billion euros, has just been completed. It is designed to prevent further leaks for... 100 years.

Special limited edition:
Hard Duty- A Woman's Experience at Chernobyl
by Natlalia Manzurova and Cathie Sullivan.
Hard Duty is the story of a young Russian radiobiologist, Natalia Manzurova, and the four and a half years she spent as part of the clean up of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Hard Duty introduces the reader to both the causes and history of the accident and provides a first-hand account of a courageous young woman who shared the tragedy of Chernobyl for over 4 years. Illustrated with Manzurova's photos.
60 pages, paperback (self-published). $6.00 plus $1.00 postage.
Only available through NukeWatch: Use this email contact for more details and to order the book. Proceeds from the sale of Hard Duty go to a Chernobyl Survivors group headed by Natalia.
Cathie Sullivan serves on Nuclear Watch New Mexico's Steering Committee.

Sec. Kerry in Hiroshima
Japanese schoolchildren give flower necklaces to G7 foreign ministers, left to right, from: Canada, Britain, U.S. (Kerry), Japan, and Germany; Hiroshima, Monday, April 11, 2016. Jonathan Ernst, AP

John Kerry in Hiroshima
US Secretary of State John Kerry, together with the Foreign Ministers of several G-7 countries, visited Hiroshima's memorial to the victims of the American atomic bombing of that city in 1945. Kerry wrote in the guestbook: "Everyone in the world should see and feel the power of this memorial. It is a stark, harsh, compelling reminder not only of our obligation to end the threat of nuclear weapons, but to rededicate all our effort to avoid war itself." (ref)
Marylia Kelley of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability appeared on Democracy Now April 13 to discuss Kerry's Hiroshima visit and ANA's just-released report on the sweeping modernization planned for our nuclear forces, titled "The Trillion-Dollar Train Wreck".
- Amy Goodman: What's the alternative, in this last minute?
- Marylia Kelley: The alternative is to cancel this aggressive new nuclear weapons program. And we can curate the United States nuclear weapons stockpile, maintaining the existing safety and reliability until such time as the nuclear weapons are dismantled, pursuant to U.S. obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. And the world is gathering in May, next month, May 2nd, in Geneva at the United Nations to discuss the steps to doing this and to discuss the legal requirements of global disarmament. And the United States is boycotting. So we need-
- Amy Goodman: Boycotting why?
- Marylia Kelley: The United States is boycotting it because it doesn't believe these discussions are useful or productive. But, of course, they are the most important discussions on the planet. (full transcript here)
View/download ANA Report (PDF)

Urge President Obama To Go To Hiroshima
President Obama has the chance to make history by becoming the first U.S. President to visit nuclear ground zero at Hiroshima when he is in Japan during the G7 Summit on May 26 and 27. Sign this petition urging President Obama to visit Hiroshima today!

For immediate release: April 7, 2016:
NukeWatch Files a Second FOIA Request for FY 2015
Los Alamos and Sandia Labs Performance Evaluation Reports

- Demands Expedited Release to E-FOIA Reading Room
Santa Fe, NM. Nuclear Watch New Mexico has filed a second request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the National Nuclear Security Administration's FY 2015 Performance Evaluation Reports for the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Nuclear Watch filed its first request on December 22, 2015, which has still not been fulfilled despite the law's statutory requirement that FOIA requests be honored within 20 working days. Because of that, Nuclear Watch is demanding expedited processing and posting of these reports to an electronic FOIA reading room, as required by the 1996 E-FOIA amendments.
Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch New Mexico director, commented, "It is unconscionable that the National Nuclear Security Administration withholds information from the American taxpayer on how fat contractors who constantly bust budgets are paid, especially when these same contractors always have their hands out for yet more taxpayer money for nuclear weapons, forever. The question is, what do NNSA and its contractors have to hide? To answer that, Nuclear Watch will not only demand that the Performance Evaluation Report be publicly released, but that from this point on the reports be automatically posted to an electronic FOIA reading room as the law requires. The American taxpayer should not have to fight this battle year after year just to keep greedy nuclear weapons contractors accountable."
(view/download full press release PDF)

NukeWatch Denounces New Consent Order on Los Alamos Lab Cleanup
For immediate release: March 30, 2016:
Santa Fe, NM. Today, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued a new draft Consent Order that in theory will govern cleanup at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Instead, the new Consent Order is a giveaway to the Department of Energy and the Lab who are intent on creating yet more radioactive waste from expanded nuclear weapons production.
(view/download full press release PDF)

2016 Nuclear Security Summit
March 31, 2016. Today, heads of state and representatives of 50+ countries will converge on Washington for the 4th and possible last Nuclear Security Summit, most of which will take place April 1. Some readings:
- Brookings: Everything you need to know about the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit
- About the Summit and its achievements
- Nuclear Security Summit: NTI's Insider Guide
- Summit briefing: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
- White House Fact Sheet on the Nuclear Security Summits
. . .
In an article titled Belgium's Failed State Is Guarding America's Nuclear Weapons, Jeffrey Lewis of the James Martin Center writes, "Washington's traditional nuclear strategy isn't keeping Europe safe- it's putting everyone at risk of apocalyptic terrorism."
"The backdrop to the summit will be the revelations over the past few days that the terrorist network that carried out last week's attacks [in Brussels] may also have been targeting Belgian nuclear power plants... And yet this conversation seems to be occurring without mentioning what, to me, seems like a much larger concern. If you were a Belgian terrorist, why settle for a dirty bomb, when you have the option of stealing an honest-to-goodness nuclear bomb? The United States "forward deploys" about 180 B61 nuclear bombs at bases in Europe- including a small number at a Belgian air base known as Kleine Brogel, about an hour outside of Brussels.
"These weapons are the sole remaining tactical nuclear weapon systems that the United States deploys abroad. They are the last link to the era when the United States deployed thousands of nuclear weapons in Europe (and elsewhere) to stop a thrust by the Red Army into the heart of Western Europe. The theory was that, in a conflict with the Soviet Union, the United States would hand over nuclear weapons, guarded by American soldiers, to foreign fighter pilots, who would then drop them on the Russians.
"Skeptical that, even in this era of Vladimir Putin, the United States should still be planning on putting a U.S. nuclear weapon on the wing of a Belgian F-16 to start a nuclear war with the Russians? Fair enough. But the ongoing existence of this mission is, for the moment, less important than another fact: The security of these nuclear weapons is terrible." (more- read just how terrible...)
More related:
- NY Times: Nuclear Materials Remain Vulnerable to Theft, Despite U.S.-Led Effort
- Nuclear Security: A vital goal but a distant prospect
Seven years of U.S. pressure has produced only modest progress in locking down nuclear explosives to block their use by a terrorist
- Brussels attacks: 'Nuclear terrorism' is real threat, says UN watchdog
A chilling warning amid claims the Brussels suicide bombers had considered making a radioactive 'dirty bomb'.
- Belgium Attacks Loom Over Final Nuclear Security Summit
- Belgian Nuclear Plant Guard Murdered, Security Badge Stolen Days After Attack

Los Alamos Cleanup At the Crossroads
March 18, Santa Fe:
Following protracted negotiations, threatened litigation, and claims of imminent and substantial endangerment, the New Mexican Environment Department (NMED), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory contractor agreed to sign the original Consent Order in March 2005. Its promise was fence-to-fence cleanup of Cold War legacy waste at Los Alamos. The 2005 Consent Order was designed as a plan-to-make-a-plan, with investigations followed by cleanup and with hundreds of specific milestones. The intent was to convince DOE to increase funding for LANL cleanup by making a complete cleanup schedule subject to enforcement. The Consent Order had a "final compliance date" scheduled for December 6, 2015.
nuclear waste at LANL Area G
Nuclear waste at LANL's Area G- click to enlarge
However, in 2012 NMED signed a "Framework Agreement" with DOE that prioritized the transfer of 3,706 cubic meters of above-ground, "transuranic" nuclear bomb production wastes from LANL to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico. This put Consent Order cleanup on the back burner, and approximately 150 milestone extensions of the 2005 Consent Order were granted to LANL by NMED. Then, in February 2014, WIPP was shut down by the rupturing of a drum of this waste, improperly packaged at LANL. Now, dealing with the remaining "suspect" drums (packaged in the same manner) stored at LANL is a major priority, and the Consent Order cleanup remains on the back burner. (more)
See this series of reports on the Watchblog:
New Cleanup Agreement Requires New Schedule and That Is About All
Treat All Los Alamos Lab Radioactive Wastes Consistently
Stand Against The Rush To Re-Open An Unsafe WIPP
Action Alert - Release of Revised Los Alamos Cleanup Agreement

Igor Ivanov
"Russia is no longer the Eastern flank of the failed 'Greater Europe'; it is... the Western flank of the emerging 'Greater Eurasia'."

At the Brussels Forum, March 19: Russia, Ukraine, and the Future of Europe
Ivanov: risk of use of nuclear weapons today in Europe is higher than in the 80s
Igor Ivanov, Russian Foreign Minister from 1998 to 2004, speaking at the Brussels Forum March 19: "Russia and the West seem to have entered a new phase of the arms race, in which Europe has become the center stage. It can be assured that once U.S. deploys its missile defense system in Poland, Russia would respond by deploying its own missile defense system in Kaliningrad. If developments take this direction, we may face a situation like the missile crisis in Europe in the mid eighties.
"But the big difference is at that moment, in the eighties, we had the full scale of mechanisms of dialog, of negotiations, of contacts on the highest levels, on the level of military people, and with all problems, we managed the crises. Today all those mechanisms are blocked or destroyed; and the risk of confrontation with the use of nuclear weapons today in Europe is higher than in the eighties. And this is the paradox: today we have less nuclear warheads but the risk of them being used is growing.
"Where should we go from here? First we have to admit that the paths of Europe and Russia are seriously diverging and will remain so for a long time ... probably for decades to come. This continental shift, the drifting apart of the two European geopolitical plates, will have a huge and lasting impact on both Europe and the World. There will be no return to the autumn of 2013, even if the situation in Ukraine is, by some miracle, brought back to normal.
"The changes taking place before our eyes are not only radical, but also irreversible, putting an end to some political projects, and opening an opportunity for other projects. When I say about previous projects, as you remember, many of us, we were speaking about "Greater Europe", about common Euro-Atlantic security space, about common humanitarian and economic space from Vladivostok to Lisbon. Beautiful plans- but I think those beautiful plans we have to forget. We are in a new reality, and we have to start to think in that new reality.
"In the imagined new geo-political reality, Russia is no longer the Eastern flank of the failed 'Greater Europe', it is becoming the Western flank of the emerging 'Greater Eurasia'."

For more on 'Eurasianism' and the 'Eurasian' perspective on geo-politics, see the writings of Alexander Dugin. -Ed.

North Koren SLBM test

North Korea Increases Pace of Missile, Nuke Testing... What's Next?
For years whenever the North Korean dictator set off an atom bomb, or tested a missile, or threatened a nuclear attack on the US, the narrative was that he was just trying to get the world's attention, maybe get a foreign aide deal. By now though it is clear that whatever the motivations were a decade ago, the North Korean regime under Kim Jong-Un is going for a nuclear force capable of striking the United States. Recent DPRK claims, though perhaps exaggerated, point the direction ahead: thermonuclear weapons, miniaturization of weapons for long-range missile delivery, the development of a strategic submarine fleet. Once DPRK has the military capability to launch a nuclear missile attack on the US from submarine platforms, the empty threats are not so empty anymore, and it might be assumed that the US would have to take action. One might also assume that China, desiring to be the arbiter and dominant power in East Asia, would rather be the one to deal with the North Korea problem- better than sitting back and letting the US demonstrate a continuing pre-eminence in the region.
While the US cannot afford to ignore Mr Kim's threats once he has obtained the ability to carry them out, Kim's game vis-a-vis the US is likely deterrence, rather than the pre-emptive attack he has sometimes threatened. Kim may not be quite that crazy. Instead, he may be imagining that the DPRK could invade the South, gloriously expelling the foreigners and uniting the Korean homeland- so long as he can deter the US from intervening by holding US and Japanese cities under nuclear threat.
This year's US-South Korean military exercises currently underway for the first time include practice in hitting the nuclear sites and command and control centers in the North. This is serious planning, not 'sending a message', though it is likely we'd want the Chinese to take note and redouble their efforts to 'solve' the North Korea problem from their side. Time is running out.
- Toronto Star, March 9: Kim claims North Korea can put miniaturized atomic bombs on missiles
- FPIF, April 15: North Korea's New Rocket Technology Looks Like It's for Real: New missiles
  could reach US East Coast by 2020.

- Washington Post April 23: South Korea Confirms North's Successful Test of Submarine-Launched Missile

International Criminal Court

Hearings Begin on Marshall Islands' Nuclear Lawsuits at Int'l Court of Justice

In 1996 the International Criminal Court issued a unanimous Advisory Opinion which stated: "There exists an obligation to pursue in good faith and bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control."
But twenty years later, no nuclear disarmament negotiations have taken place among nuclear-armed nations, and all nine are engaged in some level of "modernization" of their nuclear arsenals.

See our Marshall Islands Lawsuit dossier.

Is Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Brain Trust Taking Shape?
Bernie Sanders This week, CNN reported that a Sanders campaign spokesman told their reporter, unofficially, that Bill French, of the National Security Policy Network, Larry Korb, at the Center for American Progress, Gordon Adams, Stimson Center Fellow, and Joe Cirincione of Ploughshares Fund were advising candidate Sanders on Foreign Policy.
In addition, CNN reported that Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of International Affairs at Columbia, said Sanders recently asked him to advise on foreign policy matters and Sachs agreed.
"Sachs serves as special adviser to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals. 'I think we needed a very different approach in foreign policy so I wanted to share my thoughts on that and believe that (Sanders) has been expressing a more accurate way to go forward.' Sachs told CNN. (ref)
Sanders is a co-sponsor, along with Rep. Ed Markey and 34 other members of Congress, of the SANE Act, calling for measured reductions in the US nuclear arsenal.

Full disclosure: Ploughshares Fund is a grantor to Nuclear Watch New Mexico.

biggest anti-nuke demonstration in a generation- London, Feb 27, 2016
Trafalgar Square, London, Feb. 27, 2016

UK: Biggest Anti-Nuclear March in a Generation
The Guardian reports: "Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's Stop Trident march in London was the biggest anti-nuclear march in a generation, spurred on by support from Jeremy Corbyn and the Scottish National Party". (see The Guardian's collection of photos of the event)
- Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was criticized in advance for planning to attend and address the rally, said "Today's demonstration is an expression of many people's opinions and views. I'm here because I believe in a nuclear-free Britain and a nuclear-free future." (see video)
- Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish National Party leader: "It is the exception to the rule to possess nuclear weapons, let that message ring out loudly and clearly... The use of Trident nuclear weapons would bring about human devastation and suffering on an unimaginable scale." (more on SNP policy)
- Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader: "The world has been and continues to be an unstable and unpredictable place but there are some values that we should hold on to through peace, through war, through instability and unpredictability. It is never acceptable, it is never justifiable, to unleash weapons of mass destruction on a population. Nuclear weapons belong in the dustbin of history alongside the Cold War." (see full address)
- Green Party MP Caroline Lucas: "To contemplate using nuclear weapons is both illegal and immoral." (see video)

April 18, 2016:
Los Alamos Lab Deputy Division Leader Tapia is out- no explanation given
John Tapia was right-hand man to Executive Director Richard Marquez, who resigned in February (see Marquez article here). ABQ Journal 4/18/16

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Critical Events

DCDAYS ANA - April 17-20, 2016

"Massive spending on nuclear weapons 'modernization' creates potential catastrophic risks for U.S. taxpayers, the environment and world peace. We will press policy-makers to cut programs that fund dangerous DOE boondoggles. The money saved should be redirected to dismantling weapons and cleaning up the legacy of nuclear weapons research, testing and production." - Jay Coghlan, NukeWatch director and president of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's Board of Directors.(view/download full press release PDF)

Tri-Valley-Cares with Sen. Diane Feinstein
At the ANA Awards ceremony, April 20, 2016, Washington DC: from left to right: Max Vargas, Rick Wayman (partially hidden) Vicky Elliot, Scott Yundt, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Julie Kantor, Grant Stanton.

Diane Feinstein receiving ANA Award
Senator Diane Feinstein receiving the ANA Leadership Award from Marylia Kelley, ANA/Tri-Valley CAREs, April 20, 2016.

Chuck Montano receiving ANA Award Rick Waymen receiving Activist of the Year Award from Scott Yundt, ANA
Above, left to right: Jay Coghlan, Exec. Dir. Nuclear Watch New Mexico presenting ANA Whistleblower Award to Chuck Montaño; Scott Yundt of Tri-Valley CAREs presenting Activist of the Year Award to Rick Wayman, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Sister Megan Rice at the ANA Awards ceremony
Sister Megan Rice came to the ceremonies too...

Public Comment period, April through summer:
Finding Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste
DOE call for public comment as part of "consent-based siting" initiative. "We are requesting feedback from communities, states, Tribal Nations, and interested stakeholders on important considerations in designing a fair and effective process."
April 11: Atlanta; April 26: Sacramento; May 24: Denver; June 2: Boston (more dates and details)

- Nuclear Calendar: Free subscription to this extensive email listing of all nuclear-related events, from the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
- 2016 Congressional Calendar (View PDF)

After receiving the Leadership Award from Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Senator Diane Feinstein speaks about the planned new nuclear cruise missile, Washington DC, April 19, 2016.

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Beyond the Summit:
New Approaches to Nuclear Security

William Perry: "Danger of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than during the Cold War. Our public is blissfully unaware. Consequently, the policies that this country follows are in no way commensurate to the danger."

Nuclear News

Earlier press items here

Dr. James Doyle

The Full Price of Nuclear Deterrence
  - The Bulletin, Feb. 29, 2016

DOE's Disinformation Undercuts US Credibility,
Nonproliferation Efforts

  - The Hill, Dec. 11, 2015

Keeping Russia's Missiles Away from Europe
  - National Interest, Oct 1, 2015

Beware the Nuclear Experts
  - Defense News, Aug. 20, 2015

The Material World of Nuclear Weapons
  - Arms Control Today, March, 2015

Dr. James Doyle

Dr. James Doyle is an independent nuclear security specialist supported by the Ploughshares Fund and a non-resident associate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Dr. Doyle also serves on Nuclear Watch New Mexico's steering committee.

Why You Should Care About Nukes
"Thanks to the Future of Life Institute for helping support this video and to Max Tegmark for guest narrating. For info about divesting from nuclear weapons companies, go to FLI Responsible Investing."

3 Questions To Ask The Candidates

- Do you oppose plans to spend a trillion dollars on an entire new generation of nuclear weapons systems that will enrich military contractors and set off a new global arms race?

- Do you believe it's so important to invest in modernizing all three legs of the nuclear triad that you would do so at the expense of cybersecurity, conventional forces, diplomatic initiatives and domestic priorities?

- Do you support taking our ICBM nuclear missiles, which are susceptible to false alarms, equipment failure and cyber threats, off hair-trigger alert?

(suggested by Judy Elliott, Concord, NH)

Current nuclear stockpiles- for country reports and other details see original annotated infographic at

World Nuclear Arsenals

LANL's Central Mission
Los Alamos Lab officials have recently claimed that LANL has moved away from primarily nuclear weapons to "national security", but what truly remains as the Labs central mission? Here's the answer from one of its own documents:
LANL's Central Mission
LANL's "Central Mission"- Presented at: RPI Nuclear Data 2011 Symposium for Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications (PDF) 4/27/11

timeline of nuclear close calls

Think it can't happen?
It almost did, quite a few times. See this timeline of nuclear close calls, presented by The Future of Life Institute.

Don't Bank on the Bomb 2015
In a 50% increase over last year's totals, 53 financial institutions prohibit or limit investments in nuclear weapon producers, according to Don't Bank on the Bomb (2015), published in November by Dutch peace organization PAX. The increase illustrates the growing stigmatization of nuclear weapons due to the renewed focus on their humanitarian consequences. The report also identifies 382 banks, insurance companies, and pension funds which have made USD 493 billion available to nuclear weapons producers since January 2012. View/download PDF

April 11, 2016:
Cambridge Divests $1 Billion From Nukes Following Grassroots Campaign
Above: Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons, MIT's Max Tegmark, Lucas Perry, Susi Snyder, Former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and Dr. Jonathan King after the public announcement of the Cambridge nuclear divestment plan. (ref)

Dr. Perry's Nuclear Nightmare
Dr. William J. Perry, the 19th Secretary of Defense, shares his nuclear nightmare in this video produced by the William J. Perry Project.

Judgement Day

Radioactive Quotes

"We cannot accept the logic that a few nations have the right to pursue their security by threatening the survival of mankind. It is not only those who live by the nuclear sword who, by design or default, shall one day perish by it."

Statement by India at the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons at Nayarit, Mexico, February 14, 2014


Nuclear weapons: Write 'em off!
Nukes- write'em off!
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General Omar Bradley on Nuclear Weapons "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount." -Gen. Omar Bradley

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