Stockpile reduction : the key to transition and infrastructure management at Los Alamos

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Title: Stockpile reduction : the key to transition and infrastructure management at Los Alamos
Author: Gubernatis, David Charles
Abstract: Since the end of World War II the United States has grown and maintained a stockpile of nuclear weapons in the interest of preserving world peace, and with the specific intent to provide unparalleled national security to its citizens. It was a commonly held view during this time that a large diverse stockpile was a fundamental key to national security. However, in today’s ever-changing environment, Los Alamos National Laboratory finds itself with an infrastructure unable to quickly adapt to new national security needs and threats. Burdened by the management of a Cold-War-era stockpile, nuclear operations at Los Alamos will benefit from a reduced stockpile initiative. Contrary to previously held beliefs, Los Alamos can be the prime beneficiary to such an approach, and use such a monumental shift in strategy to modernize infrastructure, revitalize critical staff, and effectively manage critical materials and facilities while simultaneously reducing waste and environmental impacts to better support national security needs.
Department: Engineering Management
Subject: Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos Stockpile reduction Infrastructure management Plutonium Atomic Atomic bomb National security Nuclear weapon components Ishikawa Diagram Tacit knowledge
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-08-1628
Date: 2010-08

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