GAO calls out NNSA's subpar planning for W87-1 design, plutonium needs

By Sara Sirota / September 22, 2020 at 5:27 PM
(Editor's Note: Subsequent to publication, GAO released the report referenced in this story. It has also been updated to reflect a statement from an NNSA spokeswoman.) The Government Accountability Office has raised concerns that the National Nuclear Security Administration's W87-1 program -- potentially the most expensive warhead modernization effort since the end of the Cold War -- is neglecting best management practices when considering future design options and plutonium pit availability, according to previously undisclosed details from a classified...

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