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Title: Report to Congress on stockpile reliability, weapon remanufacture, and the role of nuclear testing

Abstract

This report analyzes two issues: (1) ''whether past warhead reliability problems demonstrate that nuclear explosive testing is needed to identify or to correct stockpile reliability,'' or (2) ''whether a program of stockpile inspection, nonnuclear testing, and remanufacture would be sufficient to deal with stockpile reliability problems.'' Chapter 1 examines the reasons for nuclear testing. Although the thrust of the request from Congressman Aspin et al., has to do with the need for nuclear testing as it relates to stockpile reliability and remanufacture, there are other very important reasons for nuclear testing. Since there has been increasing interest in the US Congress for more restrictive nuclear test limits, we have addressed the overall need for nuclear testing and the potential impact of further nuclear test limitations. Chapter 1 also summarizes the major conclusions of a recent study conducted by the Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the President of the University of California; the SAAC report is entitled, ''Nuclear Weapon Tests: The Role of the University of California-Department of Energy Laboratories.'' Chapter 2 presents a brief history of stockpile problems that involved post-deployment nuclear testing for their resolution. Chapter 3 addresses the problems involved in remanufacturing nuclear weapons, and Chaptermore » 4 discusses measures that should be taken to prepare for possible future restrictive test limits.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6032983
Report Number(s):
UCRL-53822
ON: DE88002479
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products. Original copy available until stock is exhausted
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; RELIABILITY; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; MANUFACTURING; TESTING; WEAPONS; 450202* - Explosions & Explosives- Nuclear- Weaponry- (-1989); 290600 - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy; 350000 - Arms Control- (1987-)

Citation Formats

Miller, G.H., Brown, P.S., and Alonso, C.T. Report to Congress on stockpile reliability, weapon remanufacture, and the role of nuclear testing. United States: N. p., 1987. Web. doi:10.2172/6032983.
Miller, G.H., Brown, P.S., & Alonso, C.T. Report to Congress on stockpile reliability, weapon remanufacture, and the role of nuclear testing. United States. doi:10.2172/6032983.
Miller, G.H., Brown, P.S., and Alonso, C.T. Thu . "Report to Congress on stockpile reliability, weapon remanufacture, and the role of nuclear testing". United States. doi:10.2172/6032983. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6032983.
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author = {Miller, G.H. and Brown, P.S. and Alonso, C.T.},
abstractNote = {This report analyzes two issues: (1) ''whether past warhead reliability problems demonstrate that nuclear explosive testing is needed to identify or to correct stockpile reliability,'' or (2) ''whether a program of stockpile inspection, nonnuclear testing, and remanufacture would be sufficient to deal with stockpile reliability problems.'' Chapter 1 examines the reasons for nuclear testing. Although the thrust of the request from Congressman Aspin et al., has to do with the need for nuclear testing as it relates to stockpile reliability and remanufacture, there are other very important reasons for nuclear testing. Since there has been increasing interest in the US Congress for more restrictive nuclear test limits, we have addressed the overall need for nuclear testing and the potential impact of further nuclear test limitations. Chapter 1 also summarizes the major conclusions of a recent study conducted by the Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the President of the University of California; the SAAC report is entitled, ''Nuclear Weapon Tests: The Role of the University of California-Department of Energy Laboratories.'' Chapter 2 presents a brief history of stockpile problems that involved post-deployment nuclear testing for their resolution. Chapter 3 addresses the problems involved in remanufacturing nuclear weapons, and Chapter 4 discusses measures that should be taken to prepare for possible future restrictive test limits.},
doi = {10.2172/6032983},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1987},
month = {Thu Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1987}
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