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James Doyle

Press Release, The Doyle Affair, September 1, 2015:
Los Alamos Nat'l Lab Files Motion to Dismiss James Doyle Whistleblower Case
Dr. James Doyle: "This attempt by LANS to have my case dismissed before the promised Inspector General investigation or an administrative hearing is a blatant attempt to deprive me of my rights and to cover up misconduct. I have written to President Obama and Energy Secretary Moniz asking that they deny LANS' motion to dismiss and complete the promised Inspector General investigation." View full press release (PDF)
James Doyle serves on Nuclear Watch New Mexico's Steering Committee.

Nuclear Watch NM Press Release October 9, 2014:
Fired LANL Expert, Lab Watchdogs Team Up;
Launch Project to Increase Nonproliferation Programs,
Cut Exorbitant Nuclear Weapons "Modernization" Programs

"Santa Fe, NM October 9. Today, Dr. James Doyle and Nuclear Watch New Mexico begin a collaborative project to assess and augment the nonproliferation programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration. Our ultimate goal is to redirect the focus of three national security labs from wasteful nuclear weapons research and production programs to expanded research and development of the monitoring and verification technologies needed for global abolition. This project is a direct follow-on to Dr. Doyle's February 2013 study "Why Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?". LANL fired Doyle in July 2014, in what was widely viewed as a political move to punish an internal voice of nuclear weapons abolition. But Doyle is determined now more than ever to favorably impact global nonproliferation issues, perhaps even more effectively after being forced out of the Lab.

"Dr. Doyle commented, 'It is important that the people of New Mexico and the nation pay close attention to taxpayer-funded priorities at our national labs. Only a few hundred conservatively maintained nuclear weapons are needed to deter others while we work towards global abolition. Instead the government plans to waste our treasury on unneeded, provocative, so-called modernization programs. To help counter this, our project will identify and seek to augment nuclear security programs and investments that can truly make the nation and the world safer.'" (View/download full Nuclear Watch Press Release) - Dr. James Doyle: Biography

Sept. 2, 2014. Survival
In the Matter of James E. Doyle
Dana Allin, Editor
"It is obvious that the real reason for Doyle being investigated and fired is not that he revealed secrets, but that he advocated nuclear disarmament...The classification system... is notoriously overused as a tool not just for protecting legitimate secrets but also for illegitimate censorship. 'Why Abolish Nuclear Weapons?' is, as far as I know, the only Survival article to have been classified by an agency of the US government. There is room for debate on the wisdom and feasibility of nuclear abolition, but before joining that debate, Doyle's article is required reading. Just don't get caught." (article)

July 31, 2014:
Policy Specialist James Doyle Fired by LANL for Nuclear Weapons Critique and Support of Obama's Reduction Goals
"It sure looks like he's being fired for supporting the President's policy." -Jon Wolfsthal, special adviser on nuclear matters to Vice President Biden, 2009 to 2012
" ... two members of a Security Inquiries Team abruptly arrived with a special, silver-colored briefcase for secure documents, and pulled out an article he published a few days earlier on the website of a London nonprofit group.
"They claimed that the article, an impassioned critique of the political theories undergirding the nuclear arms race and a defense of President Obama's embrace of a nuclear weapons-free future, contained classified information.
"The assertion astonished Doyle, since the laboratory's security authorities had already reviewed the article and declared it unclassified. But it was the start of a series of events in which Doyle first had his pay docked and his security clearance withdrawn, and then eventually was fired." (ref: Public Integrity, July 31)
UCS, August 4, 2014: Los Alamos, Freedom of Speech, and Nuclear Disaster
-Lisbeth Gronlund, co-director, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists.

Updates, August 21, 2014:
- ABQ Journal: DOE Office of Hearings and Appeals denies Doyle's retaliation claim; he appeals.
- Doyle's appeal (PDF).
- Santa Fe New Mexican: F.A.S. Urges Moniz to Reverse LANL Actions Against James Doyle

Related: Nuclear Watch NM Press Release July 31, 2014:
LANL Fires Nonproliferation Specialist; Lab Abuses Classification Procedures to Restrict Nuclear Weapons Abolition Message
(View/download PDF)
"The world must reject the myths and expose the risks of the ideology of nuclear deterrence if it is to meet the challenges of the Twenty-first Century." - "Why Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?"

Dr. James Doyle Dr. James Doyle is an independent nuclear security specialist supported by the Ploughshares Fund and a non-resident associate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Dr. Doyle also serves on Nuclear Watch New Mexico's steering committee.
He is the editor of Nuclear Safeguards, Security, and Nonproliferation: Achieving Security With Technology and Policy (Elsevier, 2008). (bio)

James Doyle: Recent Articles

Mini-nukes: Still a bad choice for the United States
The Bulletin, April 2017

On Integrating Conventional and Nuclear Planning
Arms Control, March 2017

The full price of nuclear deterrence Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Feb 28, 2017

OPLAN 2045: A Road-Map To the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons by 2045
- (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists PDF)

Nuclear Weapons: A Record That Falls Short of Lofty Ambitions
- Arms Control Assoc. 12/2016

Fingers Off the Red Button
There's no reason one leader should be in control of a nation's nuclear arsenal.
- US News and World Report, Nov. 8, 2016

Careful, we might nuke you: The consequences of rejecting a nuclear no-first-use pledge
  - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September 2016

Why More Warheads Bring Less Security
  - Arms Control Today, September 2016

The Full Price of Nuclear Deterrence
  - The Bulletin, Feb. 29, 2016

DOE's Disinformation Undercuts US Credibility,
Nonproliferation Efforts

  - The Hill, Dec. 11, 2015

Keeping Russia's Missiles Away from Europe
  - National Interest, Oct 1, 2015

Beware the Nuclear Experts
  - Defense News, Aug. 20, 2015

The Material World of Nuclear Weapons
  - Arms Control Today, March, 2015

Dr. James Doyle receives the ANA award
Doyle spoke at the ANA DC Days award ceremony, Washington DC. ANA's awards were also given to: Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Scott Yundt of Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (CAREs), and former FBI Agent Jon Lipsky, Rocky Flats investigation whistleblower. (More awards videos here.) The event was held at the Rayburn House Office Building May 18.

General Omar Bradley on Nuclear Weapons "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount." -Gen. Omar Bradley

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