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A summary of the stockpile stewardship program by e. michael campbell

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An award-winning nuclear scientist, E. Michael Campbell is recognized as one of the three most significant participants in the conception and development of the Stockpile Stewardship Program. Campbell …

An award-winning nuclear scientist, E. Michael Campbell is recognized as one of the three most significant participants in the conception and development of the Stockpile Stewardship Program. Campbell worked with high-level Department of Energy (DOE) officials to implement the 1994 National Defense Authorization Act, which established the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP). The impetus for this legislation was the moratorium on nuclear weapons testing that began in 1992.

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  • 1. A SUMMARY OF THE STOCKPILE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM By E. Michael Campbell
  • 2. A SUMMARY OF THE STOCKPILE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM An award-winning nuclear scientist, E. MichaelCampbell is recognized as one of the three mostsignificant participants in the conception anddevelopment of the Stockpile StewardshipProgram. Campbell worked with high-levelDepartment of Energy (DOE) officials to implementthe 1994 National Defense Authorization Act, whichestablished the Stockpile Stewardship Program(SSP). The impetus for this legislation was themoratorium on nuclear weapons testing that beganin 1992.
  • 3. A SUMMARY OF THE STOCKPILE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM The SSP sets forth several guidelines for the DOEto ensure that the U.S. maintains a reliable nuclearweapons complex with adequate safety andsecurity procedures. It also incorporatesprocedures for identifying issues related to theaging stockpile. When personnel find that weaponryis ineffective, the program provides for therefurbishment or replacement of these components.Furthermore, the SSP supports science andengineering institutions that aid U.S. efforts innuclear deterrence.
  • 4. A SUMMARY OF THE STOCKPILE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM As a substitute for nuclear testing, DOE weaponslaboratories assess warhead performance andreliability through scientific research, nuclear andnon-nuclear experiments, and computersimulations. Some laboratories conduct subcritical(i.e. no critical mass is formed) experiments usinghigh-speed diagnostic instruments. Augmentingscientific and experimental research, scientistsemploy sophisticated computer modelingtechniques to evaluate functional capabilities of thestockpile.

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