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Audit cites faults in N.M. labs

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Report > Details the failure to monitor nuclear weapons designs

By The Staff

A new federal audit has found Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories failed to monitor nuclear weapons designs as well as the reliability of parts being used to build them, the Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday.
The U.S. Department of Energy Inspector General’s report states both sites could not consistently locate drawings for nuclear weapons and components in official repositories.
In the March 26 report, officials said they were concerned about incorrect parts being used for nuclear weapons.
Without safeguard and proper information, the National Nuclear Security Administration “loses confidence in its nuclear weapons stockpile,” officials said.
The NNSA said in a written response that it wasn’t disputing any findings and is agreeing to the report’s recommendations.
The report cites several examples, including when 11 nuclear warheads damaged during production were sent to the Navy in 2010 had to be returned.
Auditors said they couldn’t find design drawings for neutron generators used in 16 of 36 weapons at Sandia using the NNSA’s record system. The time it takes to track them down could become very time consuming, auditors said.
The report said of Los Alamos:


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