Danny Stillman’s 10 trips to China all started with a conversation about a prompt burst reactor.
He explained he ran the intelligence division at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13-and-a-half years. During this time, Stillman made it a point to interact with his counterparts.
During a conversation with a scientist from China, Stillman asked him about prompt burst reactors. This particular reactor, Stillman said, simulates neutrons and gamma rays from a nuclear device that is going off.
That topic, he said, was his opening to travel to China.