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AEC Construction

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Energy

In 1946, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) inherited from the Manhattan Engineer District a vast complex of government-owned laboratories, manufacturing plants, and community facilities that had been built during World War II. By the early 1950s, a new Cold War reality prompted a vast expansion of AEC facilities for producing special nuclear materials and weapons. These photographs document the dramatic expansion of the Atomic Energy Commission throughout the 1950s. See Construction Photographs.

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Dr. Edward Teller's Remarks on Secrecy

Dr. Edward Teller initially gained fame as a major contributor to the Manhattan Project and eventually became colloquially known as the father of the hydrogen bomb. A talented scientist, Dr. Teller helped co-found Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which has a mission of strengthening national security by developing and applying world-class science, technology and engineering, and is principally sponsored by the United States Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Dr. Teller prepared some remarks on secrecy in preparation for a meeting in 1989 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. See Remarks.