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Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting our mission requirements.
The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan’s written testimony to the subcommittee.
After citing the lab’s accomplishments in the past year, McMillan turned his attention to an alternative plutonium strategy.
McMillan reminded the subcommittee that he had outlined the structure of an alternative strategy after it was determined the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement‐Nuclear Facility (CMRR‐NF) would be scrapped for the time being.
“Over the past year, we have worked hard to turn these ideas into a plan,” McMillan said. “The strategy proposes a three‐phased approach. The phased approach is designed to manage both safety and programmatic risk in the near, mid- and longer-term timeframe and to address risks in the timeworn Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Facility and Plutonium Facility (PF‐4) respectively.
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