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Fri May 11, 2018, 08:33 PM

US plans to split work for producing nuclear weapons' cores [View all]

Source: Associated Press


By: The Associated Press   2 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The federal agency that oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile recommended Thursday that the production of the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear warheads be split between South Carolina and New Mexico.

Officials said the plan will boost the resiliency and flexibility of weapons manufacturing by not relying on a single site.

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s recommendation comes as the United States looks to ramp up production of the plutonium cores to 80 per year by 2030, citing the “evolving and uncertain geopolitical landscape,” according to a joint statement from U.S. Energy Department and Department of Defense officials.

“We share a deep commitment to recapitalizing the capabilities the United States’ needs to deter its adversaries and assure our allies and partners,” the statement said.

Read more: https://www.defensenews.com/space/2018/05/11/us-plans-to-split-work-for-producing-nuclear-weapons-cores/

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