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Not Another Dime
July 8, 2008

Nuclear Security Budget Slashed
November 16, 2001



Related Resources

Response Letter to POGO from NNSA Administrator D'Agostino regarding LANL
Thomas P. D'Agostino, Administrator, Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
April 27, 2010 

DOE response to POGO's letter about NIF’s project excellence award.
Philip A. Niedzielski-Eicher, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Strategic Planning Resources & Integration, Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
May 29, 2009 

Rep. Ed Markey's (D-MA) Letter to Energy Secretary Abraham
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), U.S. House of Representatives
April 22, 2008 

Secretary Samuel Bodman's response to POGO's September 5, 2007 letter
Secretary Samuel Bodman, Department of Energy
September 21, 2007 

Response to POGO letter from DOE regarding inadequate safety oversight
Glenn S. Podonsky, Department of Energy
September 1, 2006 

Updating Nuclear Security Standards: How Long Can The Department Of Energy Afford To Wait?
House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Report 109-435, U.S. House of Representatives
April 25, 2006 

The National Nuclear Security Administration's Implementation of the 2003 Design Basis Threat
Office of Inspector General; Office of Audit Services, Report DOE/IG-0705, Department of Energy
October 1, 2005 

Protective Force Performance Test Improprieties
Inspector General, Department of Energy
January 23, 2004 

NNSA Needs to Better Manage Its Safeguards and Security Program
, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report - GAO-03-471
May 30, 2003 

Nuclear Security: NNSA Needs to Better Manage Its Safeguards and Security Program
, General Accounting Office (GAO) GAO-03-471
May 30, 2003 

Rep. Ed Markey's (D-MA) Letter to President Bush
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), U.S. House of Representatives
April 22, 2002 

Letter from DOE Secretary Abraham to Office of Management and Budget
Spencer Abraham, Department of Energy Secretary
March 14, 2002 

Risk to Special Nuclear Materials in the Department of Energy's Sites and Transportation
Letter from Ronald Timm, Certified Protection Professional to Secretary Spencer Abraham, U.S. Department of Energy,
February 9, 2001 


POGO in the News

On Nukes, Labs And Budgets, John FleckAlbuquerque Journal, April 24, 2012 

Los Alamos Bracing For Big Cut To CMRR-NF In FY2013 Budget Request, Todd JacobsonLos Alamos Study Group & Monitor, January 20, 2012 

Nuclear Money Pit; America’s atomic arsenal is stuck in the Cold War era., Kelley Beaucar VlahosThe American Conservative, November 29, 2011 

Fire continues to threaten nuclear lab, With Lisa, June 28, 2011 

From danger to dollars: What the US should do with its highly enriched uranium, By POGO's Peter Stockton and Ingrid DrakeBulletin of the Atomic Scientists November/December 2010 66: 43-55, December 1, 2010 

Watchdog says U.S. holds enriched-uranium surplus, denverpost.comThe Denver Post, September 14, 2010 

U.S. stockpiling uranium, POGO warns, UPI.comUnited Press International, September 14, 2010 

U.S. Energy Department holding 324 metric tons of bomb-grade uranium, report says, By Ralph VartabedianLos Angeles Times, September 13, 2010 

U.S. Nuclear Agency Unveils New Information Security, Facility Protection Rules, By Elaine M. GrossmanGlobal Security Newswire, July 9, 2010 

Nuclear Follies, By John Feffer, Co-director of Foreign Policy In FocusThe Huffington Post, April 21, 2010 

Will U.S. Inaction on its own Nuclear Security Issues Compromise Summit Success?, By POGO's Peter Stockton and Ingrid DrakeAcross the Aisle: Partnership For A Secure America's Bipartisan Foreign Policy and National Security Blog, April 7, 2010 

U.S. must get its nuclear house in order before April Security Summit, By POGO's Peter Stockton and Ingrid DrakeThe Hill, March 23, 2010 

Safety oversight trimmed at US energy labs, By Eric Hand, March 22, 2010 

Federal Diary: Federalizing security contractors might make our country safer, By Joe DavidsonWashington Post, January 29, 2010 

Scientists Forget How to Build Nuclear Bomb, By Noel BrinkerhoffAllGov, May 31, 2009 

Program to refurbish aging nuclear warheads faces setbacks, By Ralph Vartabedian The Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2009 

POGO Questions Kudos On NIF, By Todd JacobsonNuclear Weapons & Materials Monitor, May 18, 2009 

Want to Downsize the Nuke Stockpile? Here's One Idea, By Nathan HodgeWIRED/Danger Room/Online, April 8, 2009 

Government Oversight/Economic Stimulus: Resolution Confusion, By Michael GrabellProPublica, February 11, 2009 

Bomb Plants Could Shift to Control of Pentagon, By Matthew L. WaldThe New York Times, February 6, 2009 

Chu May Push Labs To Evolve; Panel Questions DOE Nominee, By Michael Coleman, Albuquerque Journal/ Washington BureauThe Albuquerque Journal Online, January 13, 2009 

Energy Department Cites Gains as Obama Vows Changes, Bloomberg News, January 5, 2009 

DOE Adopts New 'Graded' Terrorist Protection Policy, By George LobsenzEnergy Daily, August 26, 2008 

POGO questions new security policy at DOE nuke sites, By Frank MungerKnoville News Sentinel, August 25, 2008 

U.S. Nuclear Stockpiles: On the Road to Nowhere?, By James, June 26, 2008 

Deciphering NNSA's Complex Transformation, By Ingrid Drake and Peter StocktonBulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June 23, 2008 

Quality of Nuclear Devices Questioned, By H. Josef Hebert Associated Press, January 20, 2008 

Latest shipment of weapons grade plutonium arrives safely at SRS, by Josh, January 8, 2008 

Pakistan learns the US nuclear way, By Zia MianAsia Times, December 19, 2007 

The True Story: Two U.S. Nuclear Labs "Hacked", By Jason MickDaily Tech, December 8, 2007 

Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs, By John E. DunnTechworld , December 7, 2007 

LANL Building Project Faulted ; Oversight Group: Lab Rushed Work, By Raam WongAlbuquerque Journal, December 5, 2007 

Nuclear facilities miss security deadline, UPI News, October 29, 2007 

Security Upgrades at Several Nuclear Sites Are Lagging, Auditors Find , Matthew WaldNew York Times, October 29, 2007 

Atomic fallout: The Administration drops its nuclear chief, but can anyone else do better?, By Nathan Hodge and Sharon WeinbergerSlate, January 8, 2007 

Energy Secretary fires nuclear security chief, By Tom, January 5, 2007 

Head of U.S. nuclear agency leaving under pressure over security lapses, International Herald Tribune, January 5, 2007 

Nuclear security chief fired in wake of breach, By Andy LendermanThe New Mexican, January 5, 2007 

Bush picks new head of nuclear agency, By Josef Hebert, Associated PressHouston Chronicle, January 5, 2007 

U.S. nuclear labs working on weapons safeguards, by Ralph VartabedianThe Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2006 

Nuclear Lockdown, By POGO's Nick Schwellenbach and Peter D.H. StocktonBulletin of the Atomic Scientists, November/December 2006, December 1, 2006 

Nuclear Spending Comes Under Fire, By Ralph VartabedianLos Angeles Times, July 30, 2006 

How to keep nuclear sites safe, By Ian MacLeodThe Ottawa Citizen, June 17, 2006 

U.S. Rolls Out Nuclear Plan, By Ralph VartabedianLos Angeles Times, April 6, 2006 

Nuclear Waste, By Zachary RothWashington Monthly, March 1, 2006 

Suicide A-Bombers Must Be Frustrated, EditorialAlbuquerque Journal, May 23, 2005 

Nuclear Insecurity Right at Home, By POGO's Peter StocktonThe Washington Post, Letter to the Editor, January 8, 2005 

Energy Department May Set Plans For New Nuclear - Material Security, By John FialkaWall Street Journal, May 10, 2004 

U.S. Eyes Security Reforms for Nuclear Sites, With NPR's David Kestenbaum National Public Radio (NPR), May 7, 2004 

A Ringing Nuclear Alarm, EditorialLos Angeles Times, May 2, 2004 

Livermore Lab seen as vulnerable, By Ralph VartabedianLos Angeles Times, April 27, 2004 

GAO: Nuke weapons sites remain vulnerable, By H. Josef HebertAssociated Press, April 27, 2004 

GAO Questions U.S. Nuclear Security, By Thom J. Rose, April 27, 2004 

Public Deserves More from Y-12, Guest Column by POGO's Peter StocktonOak Ridger, March 10, 2004 

Protecting the Nation's Nuclear Materials, by David KestenbaumNational Public Radio (NPR), February 26, 2004 

Nuclear Insecurity, With Ed Bradley60 Minutes, February 16, 2004 

Savannah River Site DOE Mock Attacks Test Security, By Josh GelinasThe Augusta Chronicle, November 2, 2003 

Nuclear Insecurity, By Mark HertsgaardVanity Fair, November 1, 2003 

Security Gaps at U.S. Nuke Sites, By Eric HermanNew York Daily News, October 7, 2003 

Photo Copies Cost More Than Copier, By Ralph VartabedianLos Angeles Times, March 21, 2003 

Debate Over Nuclear Lab Security Heats Up, Eric Pianin and Bill MillerThe Washington Post, April 22, 2002 

Energy Dept.'s Nuclear Security Fears Told, Megan GarveyThe Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2002 

Nuke Weapons Boss Gets Defensive Over Security, By Don MoniakBlue Ridge Environmental Defense League, January 25, 2002 

Suicidal Nuclear Threat Is Seen at Weapons Plants , By Matthew L. WaldNew York Times, January 23, 2002 

Easy Targets, New York Times advertisement, January 16, 2002 

The Weapons Complex: Who's Guarding the Store?, By Danielle Brian, Lynn Eisenman, Peter D.H. Stockton Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January 2, 2002 

I'll Cut the Fence, You Grab the Plutonium , By Geoffrey GrayThe Village Voice, December 18, 2001 

Unstable Element: Suddenly, Small Gaps in Nuclear Security Look Like Chasms , By John Emshaller, Michael Orey, Daniel Machalaba, Rebecca SmithWall Street Journal, October 17, 2001 

Do our nuclear labs lack security? Many sites fail mock invasion tests, by Lisa FriedmanThe Oakland Tribune, October 4, 2001 

U.S. Steps Up Security Plan For Warheads, By William J. BroadNew York Times, September 16, 1984