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There is an old idea being refloated recently that raises the idea of moving the responsibility of – at least parts of – the national laboratories to the Pentagon.
As it was when this was talked about before, it is still a bad idea.
We guess there is nothing wrong with the new Obama administration taking a look at the concept and in asking the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to talk with stakeholders to see what this would entail.
If those talks do occur, it would be best for everyone if they went nowhere.
Even New Mexico’s congressional delegation agree that the Obama administration plans in considering a transferring of pieces of laboratories to the Pentagon is not a good plan.
There has been much talk of having the labs move from a weapons format to one of energy research. It is hard to see any way that this would proceed better if the labs were run by the military.
While the new administration reports that as assessment group is to be identified and up and running by next month and deliver a final report by the end of September, they will have to face opposition from the only real power New Mexico still has – Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
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