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Excerpt, Attachment 1, Stockpile Stewardship Conference Planning Meeting Minutes

10 January 2003, Pentagon, Room 3C912, 0930-1200


Obtained by the Los Alamos Study Group, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Major Topics:

(1) What are the warhead characteristics and advanced concepts we will need in the post-NPR environment?

(a) Establish methodology for making choices
(b) Strategy for selecting first "small builds"
(c) Requirements for low-yield weapons, EPWs [earth penetrating weapons], enhanced radiation weapons, agent defeat weapons
(d) Effects modeling capabilities to effectively plan for these weapons
(e) What forms of testing will these new designs require?
(f) What obvious weaknesses exist in our ability to attack targets and assess target damage for present and future targets and weapon systems?
(2) How do we link service-provided platform requirements for the arsenal?
(a) What is the testing strategy for weapons more likely to be used in small strikes?
(b) Does a requirement for higher confidence in small strikes drive larger test asset inventories?
(c) Hardness and compatibility of conventional and dual use platforms
(i) How do we institutionalize these requirements?
(d) Leverage on existing SAGSAT efforts on dual-use platforms
(e) Reliability requirements
(f) Other requirements (e.g. precision)

(3) Given the size and composition of the operationally deployed stockpile, are our assumptions correct as we size the stockpile? (Leverage on existing US STRATCOM and NWC work.)

(a) Reliability replacements
(b) Augmentation quantities
(c) Reserve

(4) Plans for modernization of delivery platforms

(a) Are these plans consistent with the SSP and NMMP?
(b) Is the LEP schedule tuned to DoD needs?

(5) Regarding guidance requirements and assumptions on availability of GPS:

(a) Is GPS, or other advanced systems, available for all plans or just special cases?
(b) Do we put GPS on all systems, or just a few?

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Nuclear Weapons and Counterproliferation Agency Mission Scenarios (attachment to scope of work)

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