Monday, March 12, 2007
Does RRW Difference (LANL vs LLNL) Boil Down To This?
To me, that's the key technical issue that has yet to be resolved."
University of California, Berkeley (on untested replacement nuclear warheads, in The New York Times, January 7. 2007)
I'd like to see the politicians sit on the next generation of aircraft and powerplants designed solely in supercomputer space...
So, now what?
I'd say we're talking about "political space," and that's not what the Navy much cares about.
The Space Shuttle.First full-up test had 2 guys in the cockpit.
Next test like that, I nominate Cheney and Bush as the 2 guys in the cockpit!
(1) NNSA doesn't believe in, or doesn't understand, the "science" word in science-based stockpile stewardship. In the end, it boiled down to "Which RRW physics package claims a direct lineage to a specified NTS test?"
(2) NNSA hates LANL for drawing negative publicity onto NNSA.
(3) Workload leveling.
Part of your first point is correct. "NNSA doesn't believe in, or doesn't understand, the 'science' word in science-based stockpile stewardship" so it's not clear how they could understand the correlation between an RRW design and an NTS test.
And part of point two is correct, "NNSA hates LANL." NNSA can do a fair job of drawing negative publicity on to itself.
Point 3 is load unleveling, otherwise known as turning LANL into Rocky Flats south.