National Security Science; Summer 2023 LA-UR-23-27445

Ethan Froggel (Photographer) and David Woodfin (Ph Los Alamos, NM: The Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2023. Presumed First Edition, First printing --The Oppenheimer Issue! Wraps. The format is approximately 8.125 inches by 10.875 inches. 70 pages, plus covers. Illustrated front and back cover. Illustrations (some in color). This copy was removed from shrink-wrap for cataloguing. National Security Science (NSS) highlights work in the weapons and other national security programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. NSS is unclassified and supported by the Lab’s Office of National Security and International Studies. Los Alamos National Laboratory (often shortened as Los Alamos and LANL) is one of the sixteen research and development laboratories of the United States Department of Energy (DOE), located a short distance northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the American southwest. Best known for its central role in helping develop the first atomic bomb, LANL is one of the world's largest and most advanced scientific institutions. Los Alamos was established in 1943 as Project Y, a top-secret site for designing nuclear weapons under the Manhattan Project during World War II.[note 1] Chosen for its remote yet relatively accessible location, it served as the main hub for conducting and coordinating nuclear research, bringing together some of the world's most famous scientists, among them numerous Nobel Prize winners. After the war ended in 1945, Project Y's existence was made public, and it became known universally as Los Alamos. Today, Los Alamos conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, nuclear fusion, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology, and supercomputing. This issue of National Security Science magazine explores the dynamic legacy of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who came to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1943 to direct the top-secret weapons laboratory of the Manhattan Project. In just 27 months, as the world would later learn, he led the effort to create the atomic bomb, helping end World War II. These scientific achievements brought the secret lab into the public eye and the world into the Atomic Age, with Oppenheimer as the face of both. In many ways, his legacy is our legacy. True to its beginnings, Los Alamos National Laboratory has remained a locus of collaborative innovation and held its position at the forefront of national security research, development, and stewardship throughout its 80-year history. Laboratory contributions to nuclear science, including many by Oppenheimer himself, have been preserved through the decades and are archived in the Lab’s National Security Research Center (NSRC). The NSRC began as Oppenheimer’s wartime technical library and today serves as a leading research institution, curating millions of classified holdings that are accessed daily by researchers in support of our national security. The NSRC also curates unclassified collections of historical value. These photos, films, documents, and other media include details about Oppenheimer that may otherwise have been lost to time. Thanks to Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer film being released this summer, many stories about the Lab’s founding director are being shared with renewed interest. The NSRC, too, is creating an Oppenheimer film. The documentary is based on the historical information in NSRC collections as well as interviews with Laboratory staff, current Lab Director Thom Mason, and Oppenheimer biographers Kai Bird and Jim Kunetka, authors of American Prometheus and The General and the Genius, respectively. Recollections from his directorship also point to Oppenheimer’s incredible drive and ambition. Perhaps this is what Manhattan Project leader General Leslie Groves saw in Oppenheimer beyond his lack of managerial experience and questionable past associations. According to the transcript of the call Groves made to Oppenheimer after the release of the Little Boy bomb, Groves said, “I think one of the wisest things I ever did was when I selected the director of Los Alamos.”. Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Robert Oppenheimer, Atomic Bomb, Manhattan Project, Trinity Test, Anna Llobet, Security Clearance Hearing, Los Alamos, Terry Wallace, Charles Macmillan, Robert Kuckuck, Thom Mason, John Browne, Siegfried Hecker

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