|President visits weapons
lab, assured of stockpile's continued safety, reliability
President Clinton visited Los Alamos National Laboratory Tuesday to highlight the
importance of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty pending before the Senate.
Secretary of Energy Federico Peña accompanied the President as the Directors of the
nation's weapons laboratories -- Dr. John Browne of Los Alamos, Dr. Paul Robinson of
Sandia and Dr. Bruce Tarter of Lawrence Livermore -- affirmed, "We are confident that
the Stockpile Stewardship program will enable us to maintain America's nuclear deterrent
without nuclear testing."
The President, after reviewing laboratory operations, spoke to the community of Los
Alamos, New Mexico. His remarks are excerpted:
"Last fall, I sent the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty to the Senate for its
advice and consent. In my State of the Union address last week, I asked the Senate to
approve that Treaty
this year. By banning all nuclear tests for all time, we open a new
era of security for America.
"At the same time, our national security requires that we maintain a nuclear arsenal
strong enough to deter any adversary and safe enough to retain the confidence of our
military leaders, our political leaders and the American people.
"Five years ago, I directed the development of the Stockpile Stewardship program
to maintain our nuclear arsenal through science. The program is an essential safeguard
to accompany the ... Treaty. Now, by combining past nuclear data with the high-tech
simulations that computers like those here at Los Alamos make possible, we are keeping
the arsenals safe, reliable and effective. And we're doing it without detonating a single
"[The Directors of our national labs] confirmed that we can meet the challenge of
maintaining a nuclear deterrent under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty through the
Stockpile Stewardship Program. This Test Ban Treaty is good for America's security.
Already, four former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ... have endorsed it. ...
General Shelton, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and General Habiger, the