Nuclear Weapons Complex Documents

Atomic Histories & Nuclear Testing

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”- Presented at: RPI Nuclear Data 2011 Symposium for Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications (PDF) 4/27/11

NukeWatch Compilation of the DOE/NNSA FY 2020 Budget Request – VIEW

LANL FY 2020 Budget Request – VIEW

Sandia FY 2020 Budget Request – VIEW

Livermore Lab FY 2020 Budget Chart – Courtesy TriValley CAREs – VIEW


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The following Directive has been added to the DOE Directives Portal:

 The Directives Review Board (DRB) has conducted a review of DOE Orders that invoke Technical Standards. The DRB determined which Technical Standards should be invoked; developed boilerplate language for the invoking of Technical Standards; and updated affected Orders for clarity and consistency.

The following Orders were updated to clarify which Technical Standards are invoked:

  1. DOE O 458.1 Chg 4 (LtdChg), Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment
      1. To establish requirements to protect the public and the environment against undue risk from radiation associated with radiological activities conducted under the control of the Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA). Supersedes DOE O 458.1 Chg 3 (AdminChg), dated 1-15-2013.

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Important Documents Related to the Nuclear Weapons Complex

This article presents a summary of ongoing work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to assess how radioactive decay in plutonium affects its material properties as they relate to the performance of nuclear weapons. This work is a continuation of the joint plutonium aging study done by Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National laboratories. That original work was extensively peer reviewed by a number of external technical groups to include a JASON review in 2006.

This continuing work shows that no unexpected aging issues are appearing in plutonium that has been accelerated to an equivalent of ~ 150 years of age.

December 2012: Nuclear Weapons Council W78/88 memo

September 2012 Navy W78/88 memo

Nuclear Watch FOIA Complaint

Labs Directors' 2010 Letters to House Armed Services Committee - January 2010

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories


LANL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Plutonium Pit Manufacturing Capacity - November 2009

Republican Senators' Letter on Modernization and START Sent to President Obama - December 15, 2009

FY 2010-2014 Supplement To The Stockpile Stewardship Plan, NNSA - December 2009

Read the study, to which we contributed, that explored the possibility of consolidating the nuclear weapons complex:

Transforming the U.S. Strategic Posture and Weapons Complex For Transition to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World, Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network*, April 2009
*The members of the Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network include Nuclear Watch New Mexico along with national organizations: the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Project On Government Oversight; Tri-Valley CAREs, near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab; the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, near the Kansas City Plant; and JustPeace of Texas, near the Pantex Plant.

America’s Strategic Posture-The Final Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States - May 2009

Reducing The Cost Of The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex, Testimony of Richard Garwin - March 17, 2009


NNSA's FY 2008 Performance Evaluation Report for the Los Alamos National Security, LLC’s Management and Operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Performance Period: October 1, 2007 Through September 30, 2008

Final Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Complex Transformation SPEIS, DOE/EIS-0236-S4) - October 2008

NNSA Guidance on Release of Documents under FOIA - May 2008

Facts Vs. Claims about LANL’s Role in Complex Transformation - March 13, 2008

Nuclear Weapons Complex Transformation SPEIS (as a single, searchable PDF)- January 2008


Radiological Effluents Released from U. S. Continental Tests 1961 through 1992 (DOE/NV_317), U.S. DOE  - August 1996

Linking Legacies- Connecting the Cold War Nuclear Weapons Production Processes to Their Environmental Consequences, U.S. DOE - January 1997

Update Of The Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis And Development Of Seismic Design Ground Motions At The Los Alamos National Laboratory(PSHA) Prepared for Los Alamos National Laboratory by Wong, el al, URS Corporation Seismic Hazards Group  - 25 May, 2007

JASON Plutonium Pit Lifetime Report  - November 28, 2006

DOE/EIS-0350; Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico  -November 2003

Declaration of J Carson Mark (Regarding DARHT) - October 20, 1995

Sustaining the Nuclear Enterprise

A Summary of the SNL Stockpile Lifecycle

JASON Review of Remanufacturing Nuclear Weapons Components -Senior nuclear weapons scientists say pit lifetimes are now discussed as 60 to 90 years.

All comments on these documents, unless otherwise stated, are made by Nuclear Watch NM

Biological Weapons Convention Treaty 

A White Paper: Pursuing a New Nuclear Weapons Policy for the 21st Century
by Paul Robinson, President and Director, Sandia National Laboratories

Managing the Nation's Nuclear Materials: The 2025 Vision for the Department of Energy Comments:

NWNM / Comments: Pat Ortmeyer: Women's Action for New Direction /

DOE Audit Report: Management of the Nuclear Weapons Production Infrastructure, Sept. 2000 / Comments

December 2000 Physics Today article Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship by Raymond Jeanloz

Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century (2000, Steven Younger, now newly appointed head of Sandia Labs.) / Comments

NonProliferation Treaty - 1970 (NPT)/ Comments

Final Document Issued by 2000 NPT Review Conference / Comments

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)/ Comments

The International Court of Justice Opinion on the Legality of Use or Threat of Use of Nuclear Weapons / Comments

Freedom of Information Act / Comments

Constitution of the United States of America  / Comments

Nuclear Watch Interactive Map – U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex

Waste Lands: America’s Forgotten Nuclear Legacy

The Wall St. Journal has compiled a searchable database of contaminated sites across the US. (view)
Related WSJ report: