21. "The University of California and Nuclear
Almost all of the nuclear weapons research and development in the United
States is carried on by two laboratories -- the Los Alamos Scientific
Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and the Lawrence Livermore Lab
in Livermore, California.
The prestigious University of California manages both labs under a
renewable five-year contract.
Since the weapons labs are officially owned by the Department of Energy,
the professed justification for an academic institution's involvement
in such military programs is that DOE is a civilian agency.
While the DOE is a civilian agency, however, all military aspects of
atomic energy, i.e., nuclear weapons, are under the control of a General
and his military staff, appointed by the Pentagon.
Many contend that the labs are managed by the military only and that
the UC management is a facade.
The labs, under UC management, are expected to present to legislators
unbiased technical information about new weapons; instead they actively
promote weapons, including the neutron bomb. California Congressman
Pete Stark has complained that the Livermore Lab has been "grubbing
for money in the Halls of Congress."
Not only do the labs promote specific weapons, but also changes in
military strategy. In 1970, while director of the Livermore Lab, Michael
May published an article in Orbis, a foreign policy journal, analyzing
the U.S. nuclear deterrent strategy and advocating a change to a counterforce
strategy. In 1974, then Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger (now
Secretary of Energy) announced a U.S. shift to counterforce strategy.
The failure of the media to inform the American public of the UC-nuclear
weapon connection qualifies this story for nomination as one of the
"best censored" stories of 1978.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September, 1978, p. 20, "The
Berkeley Controversy Over Nuclear Weapons," by Charles Schwartz.