Friday, November 11, 2005
By ANDY LENDERMAN | The New Mexican
November 11, 2005
But proponents and a nuclear-watchdog group are already arguing about what the program means.
Supporters say the program is just a concept for now, but one that could create more reliable parts for an aging nuclear-weapons stockpile. Critics say it's the backdoor to a totally new weapons program.
U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., a leading supporter, said in a written statement Thursday that the "program is designed to build on the successes that we've had using a science-based approach to improving the design of existing weapons. This is not intended to be a new weapons program, but rather a method to improve the way that we manufacture existing weapons."