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Report backs continued national nuclear effort

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By Roger Snodgrass

A key report intended to address strong differences of opinion concerning national nuclear policy reached a number of conclusions favorable to the national weapons laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Congressional Commission on the Nuclear Strategic Posture of the United States released their final report Wednesday, after more than a year of deliberation.

A 12-member bipartisan commission, selected half and half by the House and the Senate Armed Services committees, endorsed a bottom line proposition that as long as other countries have nuclear weapons the United States must maintain “an appropriately effective nuclear force.”

Introducing the study in a press conference Wednesday, commission chairman and former Secretary of Defense William Perry said it was “a long and complex report.”

Perry summarized the study in relation to current recommendations by the Obama Administration, noting one major discrepancy.

The Obama Administration and Perry himself believe that the country should seek ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. But on that issue, he said, “We have a split commission and were unable to resolve our differences.”


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