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Title: Physics V&V L2 Milestone


This presentation describes the verification assessments measures used at LANL.

  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Programs (DP) (NA-10)
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Woods, Nathan. Physics V&V L2 Milestone. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1394961.
Woods, Nathan. Physics V&V L2 Milestone. United States. doi:10.2172/1394961.
Woods, Nathan. 2017. "Physics V&V L2 Milestone". United States. doi:10.2172/1394961.
title = {Physics V&V L2 Milestone},
author = {Woods, Nathan},
abstractNote = {This presentation describes the verification assessments measures used at LANL.},
doi = {10.2172/1394961},
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year = 2017,
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