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November 1, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Congressional Members Question Need for B61 Refurbishment



B61 Bomb The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing this week to ask if the U.S. truly needs the $12 billion life extension program for the B61 nuclear bomb.

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Topics: National Security

October 23, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Mistakes Hurt U.S. Nuke Security



Blast Door Air Force officials have noticed an unfortunate trend of officers forgetting to shut the blast door that protects nuclear-tipped missiles from intruders. Officers have been officially reprimanded twice this year for leaving the door open.

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Topics: National Security

October 21, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

New Report Offers Smart Choices for Nuke Weapons Complex



B61 Bomb Rack The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report that comprehensively reviews the U.S. nuclear weapons complex and identifies several concerns in the modernization programs, construction projects, and stockpile surveillance and stewardship programs.

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Topics: National Security

October 17, 2013

By Jamie Neikrie

Senator Stands Up for Nuclear Whistleblower



Sen. Ed Markey Senator Ed Markey sent a letter to Earnest Moniz, Secretary of the Department of Energy, defending the rights of whistleblowers who faced retribution for reporting “severe safety and management challenges at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant.”

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

October 16, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste



UPF In 2005, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) persuaded Congress to approve a new uranium processing facility. They pitched it as a $600 million facility, but today, the cost of the project has ballooned to as high as $11.6 billion.

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Topics: National Security

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