JOSHUA J. MCELWEE – Three Catholics broke into a guarded nuclear weapons complex in Tennessee on Saturday in an act of civil disobedience and made their way outside of its most secure facilities before they were arrested. The three, an 82-year-old religious sister and two middle-aged men connected with the Catholic Worker movement, were able to enter the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge early Saturday before a guard found them outside the complex’s storage facility for bomb-grade uranium.
JOHN LAFORGE – Last May the Obama administration promised $80 billion to the nuclear weapons establishment for â€œmodernizingâ€ the arsenal. Three large H-bomb laboratories will share about $10 billion annually to â€œupgradeâ€ U.S. warheads, and they will get equal sums for the next 10 years. The funds are for a new $4.5 billion â€œChemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacementâ€ complex at Los Alamos, New Mexico; a new $3.5 billion â€œUranium Processing Facilityâ€ at the Y-12 lab in Tennessee; and a couple billion more for a replacement â€œKansas City Plantâ€ in Missouri that will make nonnuclear parts for the warheads. With the buildup, the U.S. will be able to quadruple its current warhead production capacity from 20 to 80 per year, according to Nuclear Watch New Mexico.