Document Details


Title:
Letter from Donald Cooksey to James G. Beckerley dated Oct 23, 1952
Author(s):
Document Location:
LBNL Archives and Records Office, 1 Cyclotron Road, Mailstop 69-104, Berkeley, CA, 94720, (510)486-5525, (510)486-7200, jwstoner@lbl.gov
Document Categories:
Nuclear Weapons and Related Technology\Fission Weapons
Document Type:
CORRESPONDENCE, LETTERS, MEMOS
Publication Date:
1952 Oct 23
Declassification Date:
1995 Nov 27
Declassification Status:
Declassified
Document Pages:
2
Accession Number:
OOB021004
Document Number(s):
1-13-104
Originating Research Org.:
University of California Radiation Laboratory
OpenNet Entry Date:
2002 May 31
Description/Abstract:
According to his view and I am now quoting him: "One can only declassify this device in good conscience if he sincerely believes that the Russians are so naive as not to recognize an external initiator if it is labeled in some other way. If this device will increase our potential stockpile of fissionable material by a factor X, it will do the same for the Russians. This is too serious a matter to be influenced by the possible benefit the declassification will have on some unknown physicists who might want to measure cross-sections in unclassified fields.


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