A lack of trust between the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the nuclear weapons laboratories that it oversees is harming the labs’ scientific productivity, according to a recent report by the National Research Council (NRC) and recent testimony from several former lab directors. “The relationship between NNSA and its [labs] is broken to an extent that very seriously affects the Labs’ capability to manage for quality [science and engineering],” states the NRC report Managing for High-Quality Science and Engineering at the NNSA National Security Laboratories. “There has been a breakdown of trust and an erosion of the partnering between the Laboratories and NNSA to solve complex S&E problems; there is conflict and confusion over management roles and responsibilities of organizations and individuals.”

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a statement on 5 April saying that at its request, the Science and...

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