Monday, February 06, 2006

Crunch time for NNSA

ROGER SNODGRASS, roger@lamonitor.com, Monitor Assistant Editor

Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series. Part one is about consolidation plans for the nuclear weapons complex. Part two, next Sunday, will discuss related issues surrounding the Reliable Replacement Warhead.

A new analysis released Wednesday by the Congressional Research Service questioned many of the assumptions and implications underlying one of the most prominent plans for reorganizing the Department of Energy's eight nuclear weapons sites.

The paper written by national defense specialist Jonathan Medalia dissects a key report prepared by the Nuclear Weapons Complex Infrastructure Task Force and published in final form in October 2005. The Energy Department document is also known as the Overskei report, for its chairman David Overskei, an advanced technology consultant and President of Decision Factors located in San Diego.

Medalia's countervailing analysis is presented in the bipartisan style characteristic of the CRS, laying out the key points and arguments from the task force report, before exposing contradictions and raising concerns of observers and critics.

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