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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
Snezhinsk scientists congratulate US colleagues on the 30th Anniversary of JVE

2018 marks thirty years from 1988, the year when the US and the Soviet Union held the Joint Verification Experiment, an entirely new way to approach issues on the agenda of US-Soviet arms control process. JVE left a profound imprint on the US and Soviet/Russian nuclear weapons communities. In 2013, the DOE and Rosatom sent their delegations to the Nevada Test Site to celebrate the 25 anniversary of this unique event. In 2018, the most notable feature of the 30th anniversary has been official silence on both sides. The spirit of JVE is still alive though - in the hearts and mind of the scientists.

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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)