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Title: Prioritizing Acquisition Paths under the State-Level Concept

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Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Conference: Presented at: Institute of Nuclear Materials Management 55th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States, Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2014
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United States

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Anzelon, G A, Budlong-Sylvester, K, Murphy, C, and Reynolds, C L. Prioritizing Acquisition Paths under the State-Level Concept. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Anzelon, G A, Budlong-Sylvester, K, Murphy, C, & Reynolds, C L. Prioritizing Acquisition Paths under the State-Level Concept. United States.
Anzelon, G A, Budlong-Sylvester, K, Murphy, C, and Reynolds, C L. Thu . "Prioritizing Acquisition Paths under the State-Level Concept". United States. doi:.
title = {Prioritizing Acquisition Paths under the State-Level Concept},
author = {Anzelon, G A and Budlong-Sylvester, K and Murphy, C and Reynolds, C L},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jul 17 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
month = {Thu Jul 17 00:00:00 EDT 2014}

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