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Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE under secretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator
Top DC group tours LANL’s pit program

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s plutonium pit production center received a boost of confidence recently after a visit by top brass from Washington, D.C., the National Nuclear Security Administration announced Wednesday.

The Department of Energy’s NNSA hosted members of the Nuclear Weapons Council at Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina and Los Alamos National Laboratory Aug. 14-15.

Among the guests touring NNSA facilities and receiving briefings were Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and NWC Chair Ellen Lord and Commander of U.S. Strategic Command General John E. Hyten.

SRS and LANL are pivotal to the revitalization of the United States’ plutonium pit production capability and the fulfillment of the Department of Defense requirement to produce no fewer than 80 plutonium pits per year by 2030, as outlined in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and certified by the NWC in May 2018.

“Our two-pronged approach at Savannah River and Los Alamos will ensure a more responsive and flexible infrastructure to maintain the nuclear deterrent for future threats,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE under secretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator.

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