Texas A&M and the Nation’s Nuclear Arsenal

This undated aerial photo shows the Los Alamos National laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer invited top scientists to the site to build the world's first nuclear weapon.Texas A&M University is now in charge of ensuring that the nation’s nuclear arsenal is functional. Still, system chancellor John Sharp told Texas Monthly, “God help us if you ever have to push the red button, and they go off.” Sharp spoke with Texas Monthly Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview regarding A&M’s recently won stewardship of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. “This (Los Alamos) is the granddaddy of all labs. This is where it all started,” Sharp said. Fellow Aggie and Secretary of Energy announced on June 8 that the U.S. Department of Energy was awarding Texas A&M a $2.5 billion contract to manage the historic—some would say infamous—Los Alamos facility, where the original atomic bomb was developed under the code name the Manhattan…View Original Post

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