Physics and Science Policy Implications of Reduction of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Arsenal

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Maintaining the readiness U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile is a fundamental pillar of American defense policy. The biggest issue facing the national laboratories that are charged with this mission is replenishing the highly skilled and specialized manpower that is necessary for this task. This lecture presents both physics and science policy questions that must be answered. It also presents employment opportunities for young scientists and engineers.

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Allen L. Sessoms is the University Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. A Physicist by training, he received his Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Yale University. Sessoms has conducted research in the U.S. and Europe and has also been president of three universities. He served in the U.S. State Department as a senior technical advisor and as a senior foreign service officer, serving as the counselor for science and technology at the U.S. embassy in Paris and as U.S. deputy ambassador in Mexico.