Saturday, October 22, 2005

Nuclear Agency Looks to Expand LANL Pit-Making

By John Fleck
Copyright © 2005 Albuquerque Journal; Journal Staff Writer

Federal officials are considering asking for more money to expand Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium manufacturing capabilities, the head of the U.S. nuclear weapons program said in an interview Friday.

The money would allow Los Alamos to make new plutonium parts for the "Reliable Replacement Warhead," the nation's first new nuclear weapon in a decade and a half, said Linton Brooks, head of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Sometime after 2010, Los Alamos could be making plutonium parts for 30 to 40 new warheads per year, Brooks said.

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