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Dems Drill NNSA No. 2 Nominee on Warhead Cores, Arms Control Treaty
WASHINGTON — William Bookless, nominated to be second-in-command at the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), defended the agency’s plan to build two nuclear-warhead-core factories in the face of a double-edged inquisition from a pair of Senate Democrats here Thursday. Facing pressure from a third Democratic lawmaker during his confirmation hearing, the physicist and longtime Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory staffer also indicated he could support renewing the primary U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control treaty. Despite the hard-edged questioning, no member of the Senate Armed Services Committee said they would oppose Bookless’ confirmation as principal deputy administrator for the NNSA, which manages the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons stockpile. The committee had not…
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