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Fusing Security and Science

NCJ Number
Security Management Volume: 35 Issue: 5 Dated: (May 1991) Pages: 52-54,56
D McDougal
Date Published
5 pages
The security measures at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory represent a balance between the sometimes-conflicting goals of protecting nuclear material and classified information and maintaining free and open exchange of ideas among scientists.
The Laboratory holds special nuclear material, weapons parts, and classified information relating to weapons design. Security measures include dog teams, SWAT teams, computerized access-control devices, sophisticated perimeter and building alarm systems, and guards carrying automatic weapons. The six levels of increasing security involve measures that match the kind of work being done in a particular area. The most extensive measures protect the plutonium and other special nuclear materials. The security officers receive extensive training in the latest techniques and weaponry. The security measures are designed to handle terrorists, bombs, and drugs as well as the protection and control of classified information through the use of a secure computer network. Other security features are kept secret to ensure their effectiveness.


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