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Facility Spotlight:
At Y-12, the cost of designing the Uranium Processing Facility keeps spiraling: $92 million in '06, $2 billion by '16. (How do you spend 2 billion dollars designing anything?) - See OREPA's June '15 UPF update

- NNSA Cuts Los Alamos Lab's Award Fees by 90%
- DOE IG Report: Sandia Labs Misused Federal Funds
- Y-12: Poster Child For A Dysfunctional Nuclear
  Weapons Complex

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"We have a detailed understanding of this incident [the Y-12 break-in] thanks to energetic reporting by Frank Munger, Dan Zak, and finally, a recent tour de force account in the New Yorker by Eric Schlosser, who has established himself as the premier reporter on nuclear accidents waiting to happen.
"Their cumulative reporting suggests that the Achilles heel of US nuclear safety culture lies in a fondness for automated security technologies, the delegation of government functions to private contractors, and a predilection for hollow facsimiles of effective audit procedures."
- Hugh Gusterson, "How the next US nuclear accident could happen", in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June 30, 2015.

Ben Ortiz, 1937-2015
Ben Ortiz, a former mechanical technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory who founded the Los Alamos Project on Worker Safety, died July 18 at his family home in Nambe. He was 77. (more on Ben's life and work)

Follow the Money!

NNSA FY 2016 Budget Request
- Nuclear Watch Analysis/Compilation (PDF)

FY 2016 LANL
LANL FY 2016 Budget Request
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Lawrence Livermore FY 2016 Budget Request
Lawrence Livermore Lab FY 2016 budget chart
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Chart by Tri-Valley CARES

Congressional Budget Office report:
Projected Costs of Nuclear Forces 2014-2023

CBO presentation based on the report:
Projected Nuclear Forces Budget Through 2023
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A brief, terrifying history of US nuclear mishaps
Eric Schlosser recounts the United States' clumsy history with nuclear weapons. And it's terrifying.

Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
View/Download FY 2015 SSMP (PDF)
NWNM Analysis (PDF) / Analysis Summary (PDF)

New ANA Report: The Growing U.S. Nuclear Threat

The Growing U.S. Nuclear Threat
Spending on "modernization" increases the nuclear danger. Lack of accountability wastes billions and puts the public at risk.
Alliance For Nuclear Accountability Report 5/2015

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Darlene Keju Meet Darlene Keju, "Environmental Godmother" of the Marshall Islands, who revealed the stories of the 67 US nuclear weapons tests at Bikini and Enewetak, and worked tirelessly to protect the safety and health of Marshall Islanders. Keju died of cancer in 1996 but her work goes on. Her husband Giff Johnson published a biography of Keju in 2013 titled "Don't Ever Whisper" Read more about Darlene and the book in our Marshall Islands Dossier

nuclear firestorm Manhattan
What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?
You should read this.

plutonium pit production history

Successful Citizen Activism Against
Expanded U.S. Plutonium Pit Production

This is the unsung story of successful citizen activism against repeated government attempts to expand the production of plutonium pit cores, which has always been the choke point of resumed U.S. nuclear weapons production. This history is a critical part of the march toward a future world free of nuclear weapons. We gratefully dedicate it to Leroy Moore, longtime activist with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, and J. Carson Mark, retired director of the Los Alamos Lab's Theoretical Division and ardent arms control advocate.
(View/download full report- PDF)

March 27: NukeWatch Fact Sheet
Plutonium Pit Production
In 1989, an FBI raid investigating environmental crimes abruptly stopped the annual production of hundreds of plutonium pits at the Rocky Flats Plant near Denver.
In 1997 the Department of Energy reestablished limited production of up to 20 pits per year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Since the turn of the century citizen activists have stopped the National Nuclear Security Administration in each of its four attempts to expand production far beyond the 20 plutonium pits per year.
Plutonium pit production has always been the choke point for resumed U.S. production of new nuclear weapons. See the NukeWatch fact sheet including a timeline of pit production restart attempts:
(View/download "Plutonium Pit Production at LANL")

Who Will Claim Ronald Reagan's Mantle On Ronald Reagan Nuclear Disarmament Today?
"My dream is to see the day when nuclear weapons will be banished from the face of the Earth."
-from "Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Weapons" by Paul Lettow
(Read more of "Ronald Reagan, Republicans, and Nuclear Weapons" by Jonathan Granhoff, President, Global Security Institute)

The War That Must Never Be Fought
George P. Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State and James Goodby, Former Vice Chairman, U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks; Co-editors of "The War That Must Never Be Fought" at the Commonwealth Club, June 17, 2015. Moderator: Terry Gamble Boyer, Board of Directors, Ploughshares Fund.

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Nuclear Weapons: 70 Years On and Riskier Than Ever
When on the early morning of July 16, 1945, the first nuclear bomb was detonated in southern New Mexico, observers spoke of their awe, and dread. 3 weeks later, when further nuclear bombs Nagasaki ruins were detonated above the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the appalling results could only elicit horror; the only documentary footage immediately following the attack was suppressed for decades. In the aftermath, many scientists called for the abolition of the bomb; statesmen called for its control by an international agency. But the Cold War confrontation saw a staggering proliferation of weapons between the two superpowers; finally the sense of dread grew so great that the leaders of both sides sought to curtail and even, in the case of Reagan and Gorbachev, dreamt of abolishing these weapons. When in the early nineties the Cold War ended without a shot, many assumed we might finally move rapidly on nuclear disarmament, in keeping with the pledges made when we signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
And indeed, the insane arsenals of the US and Russia were cut back significantly. But ultimately, instead of seizing the chance to be rid of nuclear weapons for good, the prevailing attitude seemed to become 'might as well keep some around, you know, just in case, you never know.' A quarter century after the end of the Cold War, there are still 15,700 nuclear weapons in the world, and the US and Russia together account for 14,700 of them. (ref) These numbers are still plenty insane, but the weapons are indeed there, and they are deployed, and many are still on hair-trigger. And vast funds are being budgeted for across-the-board "modernizations".
And as it happens, tensions in Eastern Europe have flared with Russia's annexation of Crimea and President Putin's warning to NATO, more or less, 'You've gone too far- back off'; now both sides are conducting military maneuvers on each other's borders. The destabilization of the post Cold War status quo has provided fuel for the "Second Nuclear Age" constituency, those advocating a deep review of our nuclear doctrine and a re-commitment to our nuclear arsenal, and those eager to give our bombs faster delivery with greater accuracy; and smaller ones too, to give decision makers more 'options', to be more 'usable'.
Battlefield nukesDangerous Mirroring
In a reversal of the Cold War postures in Europe, it is now the US/NATO conventional forces which are superior. And, like our nuclear doctrine during the cold war, Russia's current military doctrine posits the use of nuclear weapons if in danger of losing to superior conventional forces; the doctrine calls for the use of nuclear weapons to de-escalate a conflict- meaning that if locally overpowered by superior NATO/US conventional forces, a nuclear weapon may be used to stop the conflict from going any further. Whether that would be a realistic outcome is obviously open to doubt.
We've heard a lot about Russia's aggressive behavior toward her neighbors; on the Russian side it's the reverse; see for example this infographic from titled "NATO exercises and deployments near Russia since 2014"; with the text caption, "NATO has repeatedly blamed Russia for its aggressive behavior, but it looks like the alliance forgot about its own military maneuvers along the Russian border."
Another example: the western press was abuzz with Putin's announcement that 40 new ICBMs would be added to the Russian arsenal, and condemnations of Putin's "threatening behavior" were widespread, while at the same time, the US Air Force proposed to procure 642 new ICBMs to replace the Minuteman III ICBM fleet.
"The atmosphere is a feeling that war is not something that's impossible anymore... The perception is that somebody would try to undermine Russia as a country that opposes the United States, and then we will need to defend ourselves by military means."- Fyodor Lukyanov, chief of Russia's most important foreign policy think tank and its most important foreign policy journal, quoted by Max Fisher.
"Lukyanov, pointing to the US and Russian military buildups along Eastern Europe, also worried that an accident or provocation could be misconstrued as a deliberate attack and lead to war. In the Cold War, he pointed out, both sides had understood this risk and installed political and physical infrastructure- think of the 'emergency red phone'- to manage tensions and prevent them from spiraling out of control. That infrastructure is now gone. 'All those mechanisms were disrupted or eroded... That [infrastructure] has been degraded since the end of the Cold War because the common perception is that we don't need it anymore.'" (ref)
- Note Ahmed Rashid's "Russia: Twenty Feet from War" in the May 14, 2015 New York Review of Books: "A senior Estonian official explained to me in vivid detail how a Russian Su-27 fighter jet buzzed a US military plane over the Baltic Sea, only veering off after coming within twenty feet of causing a mid-air collision. Such an event could have prompted retaliation by NATO and possibly given Moscow a pretext for invading Estonia..."
- The Guardian, June 24: Nato to review nuclear weapon policy as attitude to Russia hardens
"Among potential topics is an enhanced role for nuclear weapons in Nato military exercises."

"In a development that has attracted remarkably little attention, the world has arrived at a perilous crossroads in the effort to reduce the dangers of nuclear weapons. Much recent progress stands to be lost in a hazardous wave of brinkmanship and arms races. Before it becomes too late, the United States should design and lead a new campaign to control nuclear risk."- Michael J. Mazarr, senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation writing in Newsweek, July 15, 2015.

On January 19th of this year, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the hands of the Doomsday Clock were advanced to 3 minutes to midnight.

- How World War III became possible- A nuclear conflict with Russia is likelier than you think- Max Fisher on
- Russia and America: Stumbling to War by Graham Allison and Dimitri K. Simes on The National Interest.
- Who is the bully? The U.S. has treated Russia like a loser since the end of the Cold War by Jack Matlock, last Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1987-1991

"No-one who saw it could forget it- a foul and awesome display."- Kenneth Bainbridge, Trinity director.

July 16th:
70 Years Ago, the Day That Changed History
July 16, 1945, in the the pre-dawn darkness of the desert of southern New Mexico, suddenly, "the light of a thousand suns". It was the beginning of the Atomic Age. "The explosion of the bomb had been a success beyond expectation; the energy liberated was clearly near the upper limit, or in excess of our rather dubious predictions. Our satisfaction and pride were great." -Emilio Segré, a physicist present.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, the chief scientist of the Manhattan Project, later said in a 1965 interview, "We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed. A few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita.... 'Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all felt that one way or another."
Similarly, Kenneth Bainbridge, director of the test, would later say: "After the blast wave had passed, I got up from the ground to congratulate Oppenheimer and others on the success of the implosion method. I finished by saying to Robert: 'Now we are all sons of bitches.'" (ref)

- Trinity Then and Now - Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 7/15/2015
- More Trinity history at Atomic Heritage

Santa Fe New Mexican Special Report:
Trinity: 70 Years Later
- Trinity timeline
- A legacy of duty, destruction
- Los Alamos will never be clean
- Downwinders seek acknowledgement that Trinity test caused suffering
- Trinity test 70th-anniversary events
- Flirting with catastrophe: Fear of nuclear weapons have world on edge

Listen to this July 14 podcast from Reveal:
The Nuclear Bomb Industry is Booming
The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX hit hard at the fishy collusions in the military-industrial-congressional complex, and the results in the nuclear arsenal, like the new B61-12 nuclear bomb.
See also: A Revolving Door in the Nuclear Weapons Industry
Infographic- Back and forth through the nuclear revolving door: Augustine, Wilson, Tauscher, Cook, Mies, Lyons.

July 8, 2015:
Busted: Lockheed's Sandia Corp Illegally Lobbied Key Congress Members With Federal Funds to Block Competition For Lucrative Contract
The complete DOE IG November 2014 investigation report has now been released to The Center for Public Integrity following their FOIA request.
CPI has come out with a hard-hitting article about illegal lobbying by the world's biggest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, to extend its management contract of the Sandia Labs.
This report peels back part of the veil surrounding a defense corporation's "capture strategy" for the Obama administration.
Last November Inspector General Gregory Friedman issued his report on the Special Inquiry into "Alleged Attempts by Sandia National Laboratories to Influence Congress and Federal Officials on a Contract Extension". The full report was designated "For Official Use Only" and given exclusively to the contractor; but a summary was released which outlined the case against Lockheed and Sandia Corp, including the payments made from public funds to then just-retired Congresswoman Heather Wilson for 'consulting' services'.
Now, The Center for Public Integrity has obtained the full report through a FOIA request. In it, Inspector General Friedman writes:
"We recognize that Lockheed Martin Corporation, as a for-profit entity, has a corporate interest in the future of the Sandia Corporation contract. However, the use of Federal funds to advance that interest through actions designed to result in a noncompetitive contract extension was, in our view, prohibited by Sandia Corporation's contract and Federal law and regulations."
"Given the specific prohibitions against such activity, we could not comprehend the logic of using Federal funds for the development of a plan to influence members of Congress and federal officials to, in essence, prevent competition."
And in a phrase that did not appear in the November public summary:
"Perhaps [Sandia National Laboratories] felt empowered because it had improperly directed Federal funds to similar activities in the past." (ref: Center for Public Integrity)

How to Disrupt the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex
Robert ReichBy Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, July 5 2015
"Ever since the Supreme Court's shameful Citizens United decision, big corporations have been funneling large amounts of cash into American politics, often secretly. Bad enough. But when big government contractors do the funneling, American taxpayers foot the bill twice over: We pay their lobbying and campaign expenses. And when those efforts nab another contract, we pay for stuff we often don't need.
"A case in point is America's largest contractor- Lockheed Martin. More than 80 percent of Lockheed's revenues come from the U.S. government, mostly from the Defense Department.
Follow the money behind the money. According to the Center for Responsive Politics,
- Lockheed's Political Action Committee spent over $4 million on the 2014 election cycle,
  and has already donated over $1 million to candidates for 2016.
- The top congressional recipient of Lockheed's largesse is Mac Thornberry (R-Texas),
  Chairman of the House Armed Services committee.
- Second-highest is Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-New Jersey),
  Chairman of the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.
- Third is Kay Granger, the Subcommittee's Vice-Chair.
- Lockheed also maintains a squadron of Washington lawyers and lobbyists dedicated to
  keeping and getting even more federal contracts. The firm spent over $14 million lobbying
  Congress last year.
"Remarkably, 73 out of Lockheed's 109 lobbyists are former Pentagon officials, congressional staffers, White House aides, and former members of Congress. You and I and other taxpayers shouldn't have to pay Lockheed's lobbying expenses, but these costs are built into the overhead Lockheed charges the government in its federal contracts.
And we shouldn't foot the bill for Lockheed's campaign contributions, but these are also covered in the overhead the firm charges- including the salaries of executives expected to donate to Lockheed's Political Action Committee.
"The ten largest federal contractors are all defense contractors, and we're indirectly paying all of them to lobby Congress and buy off politicians. To state it another way, we're paying them to hire former government officials to lobby current government officials, and we're also paying them to bribe current politicians- all in order to keep or get fat government contracts that often turn out to be lousy deals for us.
"Now it's a military-industrial-congressional complex"
"President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. He should sign it immediately. But he should go further and ban all political spending by federal contractors that receive more than half their revenues from government. That includes Lockheed and every other big defense contractor."
Robert Reich: "How to Disrupt the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex"

"Pay-to-play is for real."- POGO's General Counsel Scott Amey, in a blog post on Monday.
A report released last year by the Sunlight Foundation detailed how 200 corporations spent a total of $5.8 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions from 2007 to 2012. During the same period, the same companies received $4.4 trillion in federal business and support, the report found. Amey: "In other words, for every $1 the companies spent on political influence and access, they got $760 from the federal government."

- Lockheed lobbying stats:
- Obama considering executive order on contractor campaign spending: The Hill
- Sunlight Foundation report on contractor lobbying: The Hill
- More on Lockheed lobbying at First Street (2012)

- The Matter of Heather Wilson- from the NukeWatch Archives.

Are US nuclear weapons engineers really shooting rats off their lunches?
Rep. Thornberry That's what Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said, in a talk at the Atlantic Council on June 23, and he might know, being the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and privy to all manner of top secret information. But he's also a booster for more spending on the nuclear arsenal. So is it true? And if it is, are we talking about guns inside the labs? Who carries the guns? Well, Nukewatch and Peace Farm have filed a Freedom of Information Request to find out.
  FOIA request / letter to Rep. Thornberry / press release

June 22 CSIS Report Release: Project Atom
A Competitive Strategies Approach to Defining U.S. Nuclear Strategy and Posture for 2025-2050
Note that while this report was produced by nine coauthors from several think tanks, the conclusions drawn were solely that of the CSIS' Clark Murdock; the most contentious of these calls for the US to develop "new, small nuclear bombs" and forward-base these on the periphery of Russia and China. (ref)

Warning: viewers may find this discussion of future 'nuclear force postures' to be disturbing.
"Three independent think tank teams - from the Stimson Center, the Center for a New American Security, and the National Institute for Public Policy - investigated U.S. nuclear strategy for the new era (2025-2050)" (View/Download Report)
- Reaction:
The report "has drawn heavy criticism from field experts, including one of the report's co-authors, who labeled the report's conclusions as 'reckless' and 'insane'." (read more)
- The appendix of the study contains an analysis by two scholars that comes to a different conclusion than that of the main report:
"Nuclear weapons do not achieve U.S. policy objectives, dominant conventional forces do. After 70 years of indulging fantasies of what nuclear weapons can do, it is high time to acknowledge that they do very little and adapt U.S. nuclear policy, strategy, and forces to those facts." (ref)

Chuck Montano, LANL whistleblower Public kept in dark over LANL
Chuck Montano, ABQ Journal OpEd, June 12:
"Last April, I published a book about this club of well-moneyed interests titled "Los Alamos: Secret Colony, Hidden Truths" and, to my dismay, few news outlets are willing to report about it. The book exposes a procurement fraud investigation gone awry at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 2003, where two highly qualified criminal investigators were terminated in the middle of that effort, 11 months into their tenure as LANL employees...
"In May, I hand-delivered a letter to Washington, D.C., officials, including Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, and Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, jointly signed by the two fired criminal investigators and myself. In the letter we request intervention by the U.S. Justice Department, not only because taxpayers pay dearly for the fraud, waste and abuse so prevalent in government contracting with corporate members of the military-industrial community, but also because Los Alamos is responsible for the processing, storage and disposal of plutonium, arguably the most toxic substance known."
(Read the full OpEd piece in the June 12 ABQ Journal online)
Los Alamos, A Whistleblower's Diary
A Petition: US Justice Dept. Needs To Investigate Los Alamos Cover-Up
Requiring officials to stop ignoring retribution against whistleblowers that is standard practice at Los Alamos National Laboratory. View petition
Los Alamos: A Whistleblower's Diary, by Chuck Montano, 2015. (More info)
Chuck Montano serves on Nuclear Watch New Mexico's Steering Committee.

U.S. Nuclear test Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
The US conducted 67 nuclear weapons tests on the Marshall Islands from 1946-1953

Robert Alvarez writing in The Bulletin: The Marshall Islands and the NPT
Six months after the Japanese surrender in World War 2, the American military dropped a nuclear bomb on the Marshall Islands' Bikini Atoll, which had just become a "protectorate" of the US. It was the first nuclear detonation since Nagasaki. There followed many more, and by 1956, the United States Atomic Energy Commission regarded the Marshall Islands as "by far the most contaminated place in the world". Castle Bravo, dropped on the Marshalls in 1954 was the largest bomb the US has ever detonated. Alvarez notes that "The Bravo bomb cloud dwarfed the radioactive releases of the Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents, containing nearly 30 times more radioactive iodine than the two reactor accidents combined."
"Support is building worldwide for nuclear weapons to be recognized- under binding international law- as unacceptable instruments of war that belong in the dustbin of history."
(Read the full article online at the Bulletin)
See also: Marshall Islands Dossier

May 8, 2015:
Four Reasons Why U.S. Claims of NPT Compliance Are False
NukeWatch's Jay Coghlan has recently returned from the NonProliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations. The U.S. claims to be in compliance with the NPT's obligation that all nuclear powers disarm their stockpiles. This is false given the trillion dollar plan for rebuilding nuclear weapons with new military capabilities, new production facilities and new missiles, subs and bombers.
- Read the full NukeWatch fact sheet: view/download PDF

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki   70th Anniversary Events

Message From Hiroshima

Thursday, August 6, Santa Fe:
Film Screening, Panel Discussion, Reception
Santa Fe Premiere: "Message From Hiroshima"
This extraordinary cinematic meditation will be presented by Nuclear Watch NM and Global Zero at the CCA in Santa Fe, Thursday August 6.
70 years ago, on August 6, 1945, the Nakajima district of Hiroshima was a bustling neighborhood... until the first atomic bomb was dropped by the U.S. military. Director Masaaki Tanabe reflects upon the 70th anniversary through heart-wrenching testimonials of survivors, plus digital recreations of life prior to the bomb. 52 min. (View trailer)

6:30pm: Reception and silent auction in the CCA Cinema Lobby; light food, beer and wine, and a chance to meet the panelists before the screening.
7:30pm: Screening of Message From Hiroshima
8:30pm: Panel discussion, with:
- Valerie Plame- Global Zero signatory, PloughShares Fund board member and former CIA covert officer in nuclear nonproliferation issues.
- Jay Coghlan- Executive Director of NukeWatch
- Rev. John Dear- nuclear weapons abolitionist, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The panel will discuss the planned $1 trillion "modernization" of U.S. nuclear weapons, the Iran nuclear deal, holding the government and contractors accountable, and progress and pitfalls toward a future world free of nuclear weapons.

Tickets for all three events, the reception, film and panel discussion are $25.
Tickets for the film and panel discussion, without the advance reception, are $15.
These tickets will sell out so do book in advance.
To purchase tickets for the events, please call CCA at 505-982-1338, or go to the online ticket sales page.

Help out with the event and get a free ticket! Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets, as well as a t-shirt and pins for participating. This is on a first come, first serve basis, so RSVP to volunteer now.

The Center for Contemporary Arts is located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe. Phone: 505.982.1338.
(more info at CCA's event listing)

August 6-9, Los Alamos, Santa Fe:

Pace e Bene (Peace and All Good)
Campaign Nonviolence National Conference And Los Alamos Peace Vigils. See detailed event schedule

Events summary:

Thursday, Aug 6, Los Alamos:
2- 4 pm. John Dear, Rev. Jim Lawson and Roshi Joan Halifax will speak; stage area at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos. (map).
Free, public participation strongly encouraged.

Thursday, Aug 6, Santa Fe:
7:30 pm - 9 pm Pax Christi USA Reception; First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave., Santa Fe (near the plaza). Contact:
Free, public participation strongly encouraged.

Friday, August 7, Santa Fe:
9 am - 4 pm Pace e Bene Nonviolence Training Session led by Ken Butigan and Veronica Pelicaric. Hilton Hotel Ballroom, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe. The training is separate from the conference, which will begin at 7 pm

Friday, August 7, Santa Fe:
7 pm - 9 pm Campaign Nonviolence National Conference: "Mobilizing the Nation for the Times We're In". Keynote speaker: Rev. Jim Lawson, whom Martin Luther King called "the leading strategist and theoretician of nonviolence in the world". Hilton Hotel Ballroom, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe.
(Sold out, but will be live-streamed online; we'll post the link here)

Saturday, August 8, Santa Fe:
9 am. Campaign Nonviolence National Conference; Hilton Hotel Ballroom, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe. With a keynote talk by Erica Chenoweth, author of "Why Civil Resistance Works."
(Sold out, but will be live-streamed online; we'll post the link here.)

Saturday, August 8, Santa Fe:
11 am - 12 pm "Building Campaign Nonviolence: Strategizing, Organizing and Mainstreaming Nonviolence for the Times We're In"; with Ken Butigan and Kit Evans Ford.
(Sold out, but will be live-streamed online; we'll post the link here.)

Saturday, August 8, Santa Fe:
1:30 pm - 2:25 pm Panel Discussion: "Working to End War, Poverty and Environmental Destruction, Building a New Culture of Peace and Nonviolence": A Panel Discussion with Kathy Kelly, Medea Benjamin, Sr. Joan Brown, Rev. Lennox Yearwood and Rev. Jim Lawson.
(Sold out, but will be live-streamed online; we'll post the link here.)

Saturday, August 8, Santa Fe:
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Panel Discussion: "Nuclear Weapons, Los Alamos and Nonviolence" On the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; with Bud Ryan, Jay Coghlan, James Doyle, Rev. Jim Lawson, Marian Naranjo, and Beata Tsosie-Pena. John Dear will facilitate. (see speaker biographies)
(Sold out, but will be live-streamed online; we'll post the link here.)

Saturday, August 8, Santa Fe:
4 pm - 5 pm The Buddhist Path of Peace and Nonviolence: Joan Halifax of the Upaya Zen Center will lead a silent Zen sitting.

Saturday, August 8, Santa Fe:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Closing panel: "Going Forward to Build a New Movement of Nonviolence: Mobilizing the Nation for the Times We're In". Featuring John Dear, Ken Butigan, Kathy Kelly, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Medea Benjamin and Rev. Jim Lawson. Kit Evans Ford will facilitate.
(Sold out, but will be live-streamed online; we'll post the link here.)

Sunday, August 9th, Los Alamos:
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki and presentation of the 2015 US Peace Memorial award. Ashley Pond, Los Alamos. (map)
Speakers will include Rev. Jim Lawson, Kathy Kelly, Medea Benjamin, Beata Tsosie Pena, John Dear, Ken Butigan and others.
Free, public participation strongly encouraged.
Three buses will be available for rides to Los Alamos. They will leave in front of the Santa Fe Hilton Hotel at 9:30 am (To sign up for a bus ride, make sure you checked the box to use the Sunday bus on the registration page If you didn't, just let us know by emailing us: (

- Detailed schedule of Santa Fe / Los Alamos events
- Facebook event page: Los Alamos peace vigils.

70th Anniversary Events- Other locations:
- OREPA: Oak Ridge Tenn. Events Listings (PDF)
- Worldwide Events Calendar from PSR
Physicians for Social Responsibility says: 'If you are hosting, participating, or aware of an event that you would like to add, events can be submitted by filling out the form at this link.'

June 13 - August 16, Washington, DC
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition
American University Museum
Contributing sponsor institutions: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum; organized in conjunction with American University's Nuclear Studies Institute. The Museum hours are: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. See flyer (PDF) for more info.

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LANL's Central Mission
Los Alamos Lab officials have recently claimed that LANL has moved away from primarily nuclear weapons to "national security", but what truly remains as the Labs central mission? Here's the answer from one of its own documents:
LANL's Central Mission
LANL's "Central Mission"- Presented at: RPI Nuclear Data 2011 Symposium for Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications (PDF) 4/27/11

Sam Nunn
Sam Nunn
audio interview
on the Iran deal
July 24, 2015

Nuclear News

Radioactive Quotes

"An army of lobbyists is great. But an army of insiders who know how to navigate the halls of power, can socialize with politicians on weekends and ultimately play the system like a violin is so much better."

Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics quoted in the article "Obama pledged to reduce nuclear arsenal, then came this weapon" which reports on the new and vastly expensive B61-12 nuclear bomb.


"In a development that has attracted remarkably little attention, the world has arrived at a perilous crossroads in the effort to reduce the dangers of nuclear weapons. Much recent progress stands to be lost in a hazardous wave of brinkmanship and arms races. Before it becomes too late, the United States should design and lead a new campaign to control nuclear risk."

Michael J. Mazarr, senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation writing in Newsweek, July 15, 2015


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Joseph Rotblat Nobel Peace Prize winner, on NPT "Nuclear disarmament is not just an ardent desire of the people, as expressed in many resolutions of the United Nations. It is a legal commitment by the five official nuclear states, entered into when they signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty." -Nobel Laureate Joseph Rotblat

Our Mission: Through comprehensive research, public education and effective citizen action, Nuclear Watch New Mexico seeks to promote safety and environmental protection at regional nuclear facilities, mission diversification away from nuclear weapons programs, greater accountability and cleanup in the nation-wide nuclear weapons complex, and consistent U.S. leadership toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Watch New Mexico is supported by the Ploughshares Fund: Investing in Peace and Security Worldwide, the Columbe Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation Donor Advised Grants, the New Mexico Community Foundation, the New-Land Foundation, and by generous donors like you. Thank You!

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