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

Friday, October 26, 2018

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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From classified to international: Harry Dreicer on early years of U.S.-Soviet collaboration in fusion physics

Friday, July 6, 2018

Los Alamos physicist Harry Dreicer tells a story of early international exchanges in the field of thermonuclear fusion. In 1958, at the time of second Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Geneva, it seemed that the target could be soon within reach. The US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was intent on producing a strong show of success in Geneva. Dreicer recalls that the AEC Chair "even offered a prize—I think it was like a million dollars or something—to the group that could make fusion by, I think, the autumn of ’58." After 60 years of concerted international effort, the target still does not have a clear end date. Dreicer tells about first contacts with the Soviet fellow physicists, impressive on the theorectical front but "scared" to socially engage with the Americans in the early era of international science exchanges.

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"We will continue to evolve to a better situation between the US and Russia"

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Molly Cernicek knows first-hand that change is never linear and smooth. When Russia just started the post-Cold War transition in its defense industrial sector, Molly was among those who explored ways to turn its challenges into commercial opportunities. Looking back a quarter of century later, Molly offers her view of the pains and gains of technology commercialization in Russia.

Even more meaningful than the lessons of this effort was "building new relationships and opportunities that were so much more personal and full of potential than could have ever been imagined during the Cold War". Read the full account of Molly Cernicek's personal part in the Russian transition and the hope she holds for the future.

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"We did not spill the beans"

Friday, October 6, 2017

John Ruminer, who formerly led nuclear weapons engineering in LANL, offers a definitive "Yes!" to the question of whether the U.S.-Russian cooperation on nuclear weapons safety must continue today. In 1999-2000, Ruminer was the U.S. organizer of a one-of-a-kind U.S.-Russian workshop on nuclear weapons dismantlement. "I wanted the workshop to happen", says Ruminer in his interview. "What an opportunity, a history-making opportunity this was, and so I wanted it to happen".

Read the full interview on how this workshop was unique in more than one way

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Ensuring nuclear weapons safety requires the joint effort of experts from all nuclear weapon powers

Monday, August 14, 2017

To be reliable, the nuclear deterrent must first of all be ... safe.  The signing of the WSSX Agreement between the U.S. DOE and the Russian Minatom in the end of 1994 allowed the U.S. and Russian labs to move the collaboration into the areas directly related to the safety of the weapons - but exclusively remaining on the non-classified ground.  Today we publish original texts and photographs that complement the papers on WSSX cooperation in Chapter 3 of the Doomed to Cooperate book.

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Capturing events that give one’s life a new meaning

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Irvin Lindemuth, a scientist  who pioneered  in Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) and for many years provided technical leadership for a scientific collaboration between Los Alamos and its Russian counterpart, the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics (VNIIEF) at Sarov, shared his favorite memories of interactions with the Russians that span over 25 years. These memories amount to much more than a neatly organized account of scientific and cultural explorations, extraordinary and unprecedented as they were.

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This post is about: Reminiscences of Russia

The art of making a memorable toast

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If one could pick a single cultural discovery that was shared - and enjoyed - by all American lab-to-lab specialists on the Russian soil, that would be the importance of a good toast. Toasts are part of any shared meal of food and drinks and serve as a vehicle for collegial exchange of mutual appreciation, personal reflections, impressions and expectations, invariably spiced by friendly humor.

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This post is about: A Poem by Walt Atchison

Poetry on the margins of science

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

For reasons even he cannot explain, the visits to the Sarov English Club prompted Brodie Anderson, a key LANL team technician, to write poetry. ...

Collage made by Snezhinsk students as a gift to Paul White

New Chance for an Old Friendship

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Paul Whites tells about a friendship that grew out of the lab-to-lab and endured throgh the distance and time. ...
This post is about: Second Chances

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