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The Challenges and Rewards of Stockpile Stewardship

nakhlehIn this video from the DOE NNSA SSGF Annual Program Review, Charles W. Nakhleh from LANL presents: The Challenges and Rewards of Stockpile Stewardship.

“This talk will explore some of the future opportunities and exciting scientific and technological challenges in the National Nuclear Security Administration Stockpile Stewardship Program. The program’s objective is to ensure that the nation’s nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective. Meeting that objective requires sustained excellence in a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines and has led to remarkable advances in theory, experiment and simulation. We will explore some of these advances in the context of maintaining the nuclear deterrent and point out challenges and opportunities for future generations of stockpile stewards.”

Charles W. Nakhleh is leads the X-Theoretical Design Division (XTD) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His responsibilities include overseeing the lab’s nuclear weapon design, physics and certification efforts. Previously, he managed the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Target Design Department in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. There he supervised theoretical design and analysis of magnetically driven ICF targets for the Z pulsed-power facility and indirect-drive experiments for the National Ignition Campaign (NIC). Dr. Nakhleh joined Sandia National Laboratories in December 2007 and focused on the physics and design of ICF and radiation-effects targets. Before joining Sandia, he was the acting group leader and deputy group leader for the Thermonuclear Applications Group (X-2) at Los Alamos. Among other tasks, he oversaw the W88 and Reliable Replacement Warhead efforts. Before that, he spent nearly a decade as an X-2 staff member, serving as the project leader for the Quantification of Margins and Uncertainties Tools and Methods project and as a weapon-system point-of-contact, and worked on a variety of weapons physics and design issues.

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