Surety Symposia Photos

Lab-to-Lab: US-Russian Lab-to-Lab Collaboration Story [Archived]

JVE at Nevada Test Site | Lab Directors Exchange Visits | Surety Symposia Photos
WSSX: View from Snezhinsk Photo Gallery | WSSX: View from Sarov Photo Gallery
High-Energy Density Collaboration

Ekaterinburg/Moscow and Snezhinsk | Albuquerque and Sarov | Livermore/Pleasanton

The photos in the links below illustrate the early series of meetings where nuclear weapons scientists and engineers met to talk shop on unclassified aspects of nuclear safety. These Surety Technology Symposia were an effort to forge a Lab-to-Lab channel for unclassified safety and security exchanges as a supplement to the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (Nunn-Lugar). These symposia served as a bridge to the more formal WSSX Program that framed technical exchanges that, while remaining unclassified, were directly relevant to nuclear weapons.

Read more on the background and documents of those symposia.

The photos in this gallery come from personal archives of William Bookless of LLNL and Paul White of LANL.

In the beginning of the 1990s, William Bookless served as LLNL program leader of the Nuclear Weapons Surety (Safety, Security and Use Control Program). In this capacity, and together with similar experts from LANL and SNL, he made several trips to Russia in 1993 and 1994 that led to a series of US-Russian nuclear weapons surety workshops. During the first trip in July 1993, the US team held exlporatory discussions with representatives of VNIITF, VNIIEF and Minatom. The US team consisted of Dave Olson from DOE; Paul White from LANL; Bill Bookless from LLNL; and Patricia Newman, Dennis Croessmann, and David Nokes from SNL.

Paul White, Lead Designer at LANL, became involved in the interaction with the Russian labs from the very beginning of the lab-to-lab relationship and continued to play a key role through its entire duration, contributing most significantly to WSSX and Sister City projects.

Surety Technology Symposia – pre-symposia meetings in Moscow and Ekaterinburg (July 1993) and First Surety Symposium in Snezhinsk (October 1993)

Surety Technology Symposia – Second Surety Symposium in Albuquerque (October-November 1993) and Third Surety Symposium in Sarov (January – February 1994)

Surety Technology Symposia – Fourth Surety Symposium hosted by LLNL in Pleasanton, CA (March 1994)

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