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Welcome to the website dedicated to the US-Russian lab-to-lab cooperation!

This web site documents the collaboration between the nuclear weapons laboratories of the U.S. and Russia after the end of the Soviet Union. It is a companion to the book published in 2016 by the Los Alamos Historical Society on the history of this unique relationship.

We tell the story from both Russian and American perspectives. Together, they express the full spectrum of views and challenges of the times - and illustrate the achievements of this cooperation.


The History of the Lab-to-Lab

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October 26, 2018
30 Years Ago, Soviet and American Flags Flying Side by Side in the Nevada Test Site

On May 30, 1988, the US Secretary  of State George Shultz and the Soviet Foreign Minister Edward Shevardnadze met in Moscow to sign important arms control documents. One of them was Agreement on Joint Verification Experiment (JVE), a unique arrangement to conduct two nuclear test explosions, one in the American and another in the Soviet  test  site. For each test explosion, both the US and the Soviet teams were to be present on the ground with their sets of monitoring equipment. The experiment was designed to compare the methods for monitoring the size of a nuclear explosion.

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Lab-to-Lab cooperation

The story begins in February 1992, barely two months after the breakup of the Soviet Union, when the Russian nuclear weapons laboratory directors visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Two weeks later, LLNL Director John Nuckolls and LANL Director Siegfried Hecker visited the Russian analogues to American labs, Russian Federal Nuclear Center- VNIIEF and Russian Federal Nuclear Center-VNIITF, in the formerly secret cities of Sarov and Snezhinsk.

In September next year, LANL and VNIIEF scientists conducted the first joint experiment using an explosive magnetic generator designed in Sarov. Dozens and hundreds joint endeavors followed suite.

More about lab-to-lab in a 15-min video (courtesy of CISAC)