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3004,” the bill proposes to give American law enforcement more tools to track illegal cash, even in the borderless world of the Internet.

“It would be wrong to link the two together.”

The language referring to online gaming has since been removed from the piece of legislation, but widespread concerns about cyber casinos and money laundering remain.

But industry players flat out disagree.

But the online industry says, in the cashless world of net betting, many punters are tied to an account number, making it hard to hide.

In a cyber casino, it’s easy to wash dirty money by simply placing a deposit, gambling a small amount, and then asking for return of the remainder of the deposit. Called “H.R. The illegal assets would then be disguised as a refund check.

By CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout

“When you want your money out you have it the same way, so all the transactions are actually pretty transparent.”

“And they deal with small amounts.

Financial watchdogs like the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) also recognize the potential of online gaming sites as money laundering centers.

“They may not even be aware that they are being used as a front or a conduit for money laundering,” said Yu. “But there are also cases they are also hand in hand with this type of people.”

But so much money circles the Internet every day it’s difficult for casinos to spot the dirty from the clean.

Hard to hide

Online bookmakers like the UK’s SSP International insist that their betting boards show absolutely no trace of money laundering.

“Internet gambling is a vulnerable area… In my four years of this industry I have never seen this incidence of money laundering.”

“Through one of our companies, we are monitoring hundreds of gaming sites for the purpose of showing competitive odds and we have never heard of anything like that,” said SPP International managing director Peter Andersson.


Concern over lax due diligence

HONG KONG, China (CNN) — As governments around the world crack down on terrorist financial networks, cyber casinos are falling under increasing scrutiny.

“From the perspective of the online gambling site, they could be properly legitimate. House panel agreed to curb online gambling as part of a bill to crush terrorist financial networks. it is a risk,” said APG Secretariat head Rick McDonnell.

As pressure mounts on online gambling, the sector is likely to see changes like improved identification and authentication.

“They need to track down the terrorist financial network, but I don’t think that has anything to do with Internet gaming at all,” said Tim Lambe, vice president of SmartTransact, a company that develops software for online gaming sites.

“The only way of getting your funds to an Internet casino or an Internet bookmaker is to pay the casino by credit card or transfer it by bank transfer,” said SSP International’s Andersson.

Real world casinos work with real cash, and many leave cloudy audit trails that are hard to follow.

Changes likely

“The concern legislators have is that due diligence of online gambling is not as stringent as financial institutions,” said analyst Frank Yu of Hong Kong’s Ion Global.

Analysts say it’s in the best interest for gambling operators — cyber casinos don’t want to be mixed up in anything that could sanction a shut down.

A U.S. But what they fail on is the due diligence of finding out who they are accepting money from and who they are giving money to.”

“All transactions go through banking systems — credit cards, wire transfer or checks,” said Lambe.

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Gambling in Manila at Solaire Resort & Casino

Villas range in size from 600 to 1,000 square-meters and overlook Manila Bay. .

According to a report in the Macau Daily Times, Solaire is placed well above Manila’s Resorts World, which opened in 2010 just across from the international airport and  quickly became the casino of choice among the country’s high rollers.

Solaire’s 18,000-square-meter casino includes nearly 300 gaming tables for baccarat, blackjack, craps, money wheel, pontoon and roulette, as well as 1,200 slot machines and a 6,000-square-meter VIP gaming salon.

As for the resort, Solaire has 500 guest rooms, suites and villas as well as 15 dining options.

Though the Philippines has over a dozen casinos, the Solaire Resort Casino is the first that puts Manila in a position to compete with the current leading Asian casino cities, Singapore and Macau. 

Guests have access to a 24-hour butler service, private chef, in-suite spa facilities, a home theater and private pool and Jacuzzi. 

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Other Las Vegas-style attractions include an entertainment lounge offering live music.

Manila’s newest and most luxurious casino has opened its doors, upping the ante in the Philippines’ drive to compete with Asian gambling hot spots Singapore and Macau.

Solaire was developed by Bloomberry, a publicly traded company listed on the Philippines Stock Exchange owned by billionaire Enrique Razon, Jr.

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“Industry analysts suggest that Solaire is likely to attract 30 percent of the business from Resorts World, particularly at the upper end,” says the report. 

Gambling in the Philippines is regulated by government-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), which was established in 1976. 

The US$1.2-billion Solaire Resort Casino, an integrated resort on Manila Bay, is the first of four casino venues being built on prime, reclaimed land as part of a gaming and entertainment complex dubbed Entertainment City

Asia cruises: Why it may just be your best bet

The ships’ interior design feels more like a traditional Continental hotel than an Asian one, and food choices are more Western than Asian.

One of the benefits of choosing a line with smaller ships, such as Azamara and Oceania, is the added convenience of cruising right into the center of many cities–such as in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Bangkok–where larger vessels have to dock at bigger terminals on the outskirts of town.

So, the dream about visiting Thailand’s giant Reclining Buddha or Myanmar’s royal city of Mandalay can become a reality. 

The itineraries are rich and interesting: On Oceania’s Nautica and Insignia, for example, which both spend a big chunk of the winter and spring months in Asia, you can sail into, say, Tokyo, and continue on to several other Japanese ports before visiting Taiwan, Hong Kong, several ports in Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand before flying home from Bangkok. During the evening, there is no kabuki-style theater or Cantonese opera.  Instead, it’s mainly Broadway show tunes and comedy acts performed by high-energy American entertainers. In addition,  several river cruise lines–including Viking River Cruises, Uniworld, and Avalon Waterways–have also begun offering sailings in Asia as well.

If you want to take on a little more of the planning yourself, you can book the cruise, then do independent research on what you want to see in each port and either plan your own day of activities or hire a local guide to lead you around, offer insight, and serve as translator.

The same lack of local flavor can be said about the entertainment.  On sea days, there are well-attended afternoon teas, along with bridge, trivia competitions, and bingo tournaments. These tours lean toward round-ups of the heavy-hitting attractions in each city.  They’re pricey, but there’s no easier way to explore Asia than to leave the planning to the cruise line.

Cruises can simplify a trip to the region -which is why CruiseCritic.com cited Asia itineraries as a major trend last year.

Some of the appeal is that these trips tend to be longer and are stackable, so many cruisers with the time and disposable income book two or even three back-to-back sailings so that they can see even more of the region.

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Cruise ship in Hong Kong. And cruisers miss the local haunts frequented by backpackers and the chance to blend into the crowd at, say, a night market. 

While you may have the occasional Asian meal, this can be followed by Caribbean or Italian cuisine.  Breakfast, too, sticks to the familiar options of omelets and other egg dishes, oatmeal, yogurt, pancakes and waffles, and baked goods. Some of the appeal to taking a cruise in Asia is that these trips tend to be longer, (Reuters)

While some might balk at the lack of cultural immersion, there’s no denying that these cruises open this part of the world up to older travelers–some are in their 40s and 50s, but most are in their 60s, 70s, and 80 and mostly retired or partially retired–who may otherwise find travel here preventatively daunting.

While devotees of Asian cuisine may be frustrated by the disconnect between the location and the fare, most passengers seem to get their fill of sampling, say, banh mi, ramen, sushi, or pad Thai at lunchtime in port, and are comforted to see familiar American and Continental dishes–such as steak frites, gnocchi with pesto, and rotisserie-style chicken –on the menu in the dining room each night.

. An Asian cruise is not like staying in local hotels as part of a tour operator’s package. Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises, Oceania, and Azamara offer similar sailings, as do many of the luxury lines, including Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. There’s not a bowl of congee or steamer basket of dim sum-style dumplings anywhere onboard.

Flights are costly and long, and navigating local languages and internal workings -like accommodations and transportation– of some of these less developed countries can prove too much -even for the seasoned traveler.

For travelers looking for the simplest, advance-planning trip possible, reserve flights through the airline, and wait until you get on board the ship to choose from the line’s shore excursions. It’s an amazingly efficient way to check off unforgettable bucket list locations–from seeing the Golden Buddha in Bangkok to eating sushi at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market.

But the price you pay for convenience is a loss in that complete authentic experience.

For Americans, traveling in Asia is typically not what we think of as Travel 101.

Whether you handoff the planning or do it yourself, once onboard you’ll find historians that offer sea-day lectures that provide insight into the culture that unfurls each day as you walk down the gangway.

And now there are more options for Americans than ever

Are there still operational, targeted nuclear weapons, on ballistic missiles, which would explode as they hit the ground to form a crater kilometres across and hundreds of metres deep, unlike air burst nuclear explosions, from cruise missile delivery?

Some 350 of these bombs are deployed at seven airbases in six European NATO countries[11]; of these, 180 tactical B61 nuclear bombs fall under a nuclear sharing arrangement.”

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. The first Minuteman III were removed under this plan in 2007 while, at the same time, the warheads deployed on Minuteman IIIs began to be upgraded from smaller W62s to larger W87s from decommissioned Peacekeeper missiles.

- Sea-based ICBMs:

The US Navy currently has 14 SSBN Ohio-class submarines deployed. The U.S. The Strategic Air Command which for decades had kept nuclear weapons aboard bomber aircraft aloft 24 hours a day was disbanded in 1992 and merged into the US Strategic Command. goal under the SORT treaty is to reduce from 1,600 warheads deployed on over 500 missiles in 2003 to 500 warheads on 450 missiles in 2012. attack submarines are equipped to launch, but do not currently carry nuclear Tomahawk missiles. Each submarine is equipped with a complement of 24 Trident II missiles. To comply with the START II most US multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, have been eliminated and replaced with single warhead missiles. Sea-launch weapons make up the majority of weapons declared under START II rules. These are all of the Minuteman III ICBM variants. Other warheads are in some step of the disassembly process.”

“- Land-based intercontinental ballistic and cruise missiles (ICBMs)

The US Air Force currently operates about 450-500 ICBMs at around 15 missile complexes located primarily in the northern Rocky Mountain states and the Dakotas. Peacekeeper missiles were phased out of the Air Force inventory in 2005. All 64 B-1s were retrofitted to operate in a solely conventional mode by 2007 and are no longer counted as nuclear forces.

In addition to this, the US armed forces can also deploy tactical smaller nuclear weapons either through cruise missiles or with conventional fighter-bombers. The bomber force consists of 94 B-52s, and 19 B-2s. However, since the abandonment of the START II treaty, the U.S. is said to be considering retaining 500 warheads on 450 missiles. All USAF Minuteman II missiles have been destroyed in accordance to START and their launch silos sealed or sold to the public. Approximately 12 U.S. “For 2007, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists listed the U.S. with about 5,400 total nuclear warheads: around 3,575 strategic and 500 nonstrategic warheads; and about 1,260 additional warheads held in the inactive stockpile. Some Trident missiles are equipped with the W88 warhead.

- Heavy bomber group:

The US Air Force also operates a strategic nuclear bomber fleet. The U.S. maintains about 400 nuclear gravity bombs capable of use by F-15, F-16, and F-35

W88 warhead program performs successful tests

Using an unarmed re-entry body, Sandia conducted the test in partnership with LANL, KCP and Pantex at Sandia’s 185-foot Drop Tower Facility, using the same handling gear a crane would use to move the weapon, making the test as realistic as possible.

Sandia will use vibration and shock measurements from the test to update specifications for components in the weapon, he said.

Sandia National Laboratories performed a drop test for the W88 ALT 370 program, designed to replicate a crane accidentally dropping the re-entry body onto a concrete surface. CRAFT demonstrated how the radar performed during re-entry through plasma generated by the hypersonic speeds at which the warhead travels.

The new radar functioned as expected after launch on a Trident II missile from a Navy submarine, Edwards said. Sandia and its partners are analyzing results to validate requirements and radar design.

A month later, the first drop test of the W88 ALT 370 program mimicked a crane accidentally dropping the re-entry body onto a concrete surface to develop evidence that it would remain safe during an accident. It also represented a milestone: the first flight test unit Sandia and its partners, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Kansas City Plant (KCP) and Pantex, delivered to the Navy for full-scale testing under the program.

The Critical Radar Arming and Fuzing Test (CRAFT) was the first flight test of a prototype radar for the W88 ALT 370. It also will use the information to validate computer models designed to apply the results to other drop scenarios, since it’s not possible to replicate every possible accident in tests.

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It was the W88 program’s first abnormal drop test since the system’s original qualification test in 1987. The test was conducted at Sandia’s 185-foot Drop Tower Facility, using the same handling gear a crane would use to move the weapon.

The first flight and drop tests for the latest variant of the W88 nuclear warhead are providing data for Sandia National Laboratories to validate designs, improve computer modeling and update component specifications.

The two successful tests, which were conducted this summer, provide data for the program, the W88 ALT 370 (alteration), to move forward, said Tim Edwards, manager for the program’s technical basis and qualification activities.

“The weapon is not required to function after that, just to stay safe,” Edwards said.

The June CRAFT test was the first of several planned flight tests to demonstrate the upgraded system’s performance. An abnormal environment is one that is unexpected, such as an accident.

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In the late 1940s, Teller began advocating the immediate development of a hydrogen bomb, in response to the news that Russia had built an atomic weapon. All rights reserved. The question will be whether these advantages will outweigh the benefits of competition. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

The bureaucratic competition is not always productive, however.

Copyright 2006, Gale Group. With the help of Ernest Lawrence, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and California scientific entrepreneur, Teller persuaded Congress to create a second design lab in Livermore, Calif., which would go full-speed ahead on the H-bomb project.

The antagonism has its roots in the relationship between the two fathers of the atomic program, Edward Teller and Robert Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer remained more cautious, and Teller soon became convinced that Los Alamos, whose director, Norris Bradbury, was an Oppenheimer ally, was insufficiently dedicated to the H-bomb project.

. They concluded, wrongly as it turned out, that the design was unsafe, and advised against building it, a judgment that was received at Los Alamos as a slap in the face. But having separate design labs, and a relationship of competition–even antagonism–between them, does make it easier for outsiders to gain access to information about their shortcomings.” If I want to hear what’s wrong with the NIF at Livermore, my best option is to go to people at Los Alamos,” says Hugh Gusterson, an MIT anthropologist who studies the culture of the weapons labs.

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If elected officials ever get around to consolidating our weapons complex, they’ll have to decide whether to also consolidate the design labs. From the start, scientists at Los Alamos felt undermined by and resentful of Teller and his new facility, which they saw as radical and potentially dangerous.

When the H-bomb was eventually produced, Livermore was given most of the credit. But some members of the task force privately support such a step–which would almost certainly mean shuttering Livermore, the smaller of the two.

In the long and storied history of bureaucratic infighting, few contests have been more vitriolic than the one between our two major nuclear weapons design labs, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore. This infuriated scientists at Los Alamos, who had in fact run the thermonuclear tests that had helped pave the way for the bomb. Doing so would not only provide the cost and security improvements associated with consolidation of special nuclear material, k would also, in all likelihood, make it easier to reduce the number of weapons scientists employed by the complex–and therefore the amount of federal money for “make-work” designed solely to keep those scientists busy. ‘And if I want to hear what’s wrong with the DAHRT at Los Alamos, I’ll go to people at Livermore.”

The ultimate truth, say historians, is that the rancor was probably worth it: Thanks to competition between the two labs, America more quickly produced the H-bomb, and therefore had a more effective deterrent against the Soviet Union sooner. At the end of the Cold War, Livermore scientists reviewed the Los Alamos design for the W88 warhead. (The production facilities largely work on separate aspects of the process, so there’s no real competition taking place.) The Overskei report neither recommended nor discouraged consolidating the two labs into one. Livermore scientists, for their part, saw their counterparts at Los Alamos as stodgy and risk-averse

What happens when you drop a nuclear warhead on concrete? — FCW

It also will use the information to validate computer models designed to apply the results to other drop scenarios, since it’s not possible to replicate every possible accident in tests, according to the lab.

Mark Rockwell is a staff writer covering acquisition, procurement and homeland security. CRAFT demonstrated how the radar performed during re-entry through plasma generated by the hypersonic speeds at which the warhead travels. The June CRAFT test, according to Tim Edwards, manager for the program’s technical basis and qualification activities, was the first of several planned tests intended to demonstrate the upgraded system’s performance. It was also the first flight test unit Sandia and its partners, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Kansas City Plant, and Pantex, delivered to the Navy for full-scale testing under the program.

Researchers at Sandia National Labs, who are responsible for validating designs, improving computer modeling and updating component specifications for the W88 Alt 370 (alteration), have finished gathering data from two tests for an upgraded version of the US W88 nuclear warhead used in the Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missile.

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The second test was more straightforward — and possibly a little alarming, if you’re not familiar with nuclear weapons design tests.

And, according to a statement from the labs, the W88 Alt 370 is cleared to move forward.

Gathering data for the latest nuclear warhead design is as nuanced as gathering intricate computer modeling data from flight tests and as brutally honest as dropping a nuclear warhead’s shell onto a concrete slab to see if it breaks.

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In its first “drop test” of the W88 warhead since 1987, Sandia researchers hoisted an unarmed version of the weapon’s re-entry body on a crane and dropped it almost 200 feet to smash onto a concrete slab below.

The test is designed to replicate a crane accidentally dropping the re-entry body onto a concrete surface, according to the lab and helps develop evidence that the shell would remain safe during an accident. The test was conducted at Sandia’s 185-foot Drop Tower Facility near Albuquerque, N.M., using the same handling gear a crane would use to move the weapon.

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The Critical Radar Arming and Fuzing Test (CRAFT) was the first flight test of a prototype radar for the W88 ALT 370.

What happens when you drop a nuclear warhead on concrete?

By Mark RockwellNov 04, 2014

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Sandia National Labs’ 185-foot Drop Tower Facility near Albuquerque, N.M., was used to gather data on the durability of the W88 ALT 370 warhead.

Sandia said it will use vibration and shock measurement data from the test to update specifications for components in the weapon

Obama proposes shifting funds from nuclear nonproliferation to nuclear weapons | The Center for Public Integrity

(Work on the facility and its equipment was well along when DOE abruptly realized it would not be large enough to accommodate needed machinery, forcing a costly redesign and lengthy delays.)

Moniz, in his confirmation hearing, tread carefully around the topic of what the department should be spending on nonproliferation. Elzea, declined to address the issue in detail but confirmed that “over the past year DOD and DOE carried out a joint study regarding DOD’s nuclear weapons requirements and funding options for those requirements. “These cuts are going to be huge,” and will be particularly problematic amid budget boosts for weapons programs that many lawmakers believe “have been mismanaged for the last five to six years.”

Asked for comment, NNSA spokesman Robert Middaugh said he could not respond until the budget has been formally released. “If confirmed, I intend to make sure that [DOE laboratories and intelligence experts] … because our national security depends on it.”

The half-billion-dollar shift in spending priorities reflects an administration decision that nuclear explosives work the Energy Department performs for the military should be both accelerated and expanded. military deploys could be cut by at least a third, below a limit of 1550 established in a treaty with Russia in 2010. continue to sustain the nation’s nuclear security,” he said, without delving into budgetary issues or specific programs.

The priority shift “is going to be a disaster,” said a Democratic congressional aide, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the budget before its official release. The officials have also decided to discuss a potential agreement for such reductions with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Specifically, officials said, the Energy Department determined in consultation with the Pentagon that it would likely need $10 billion in new funds to fulfill all of its promises to the military for the production of modernized warheads, over the next decade alone.

In the end, the Pentagon was cajoled into contributing $3 billion more. nuclear weapons arsenal into fuel for reactors that generate electricity, known as the Mixed-Oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication plant in Savannah River, S.C. Tim Scott (R.-S.C.) about whether he supports completing the MOX plant. But he said officials may have calculated that they cannot win congressional support for further cuts in nuclear arsenals with Russia without spending billions more to refurbish America’s remaining stockpile of nuclear weapons, under a bargain Obama struck during his first term.

Under the 2014 proposal, the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons activities funding — which includes modernization efforts for bomber-based and missile-based warheads – would be increased roughly 7 percent, or around $500 million, above the current level of $7.227 billion for these activities.

As recently as December 3, President Obama described the government’s nuclear nonproliferation efforts – including some directed by the Defense Department – as “one of our most important national security programs.” Speaking at the National Defense University, Obama said the effort was “nowhere near done. But Democrats on Capitol Hill and independent arms control groups predicted the decision will provoke controversy and a substantial budget fight this year.. The study determined that the modernization program was underfunded, and steps have been taken to ensure adequate funding for essential modernization needs moving forward.”

Only one category of Energy Department nonproliferation work would be increased – research and development, mostly to finance work on a new nuclear detonation sensor to be placed about Air Force satellites.

The Obama administration will propose a deep cut in funding for nuclear nonproliferation programs at the Energy Department largely so it can boost the department’s spending to modernize its stockpile of nuclear weapons, according to government officials familiar with the proposed 2014 federal budget to be unveiled Wednesday, April 10.

Joan Rohlfing, president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit arms control group founded by Ted Turner and former Sen. At the end of it, a $250 million DOE “nuclear counterterrorism incident response” program previously considered a weapons activity was shifted to the nonproliferation budget account, a change that has the effect of making the bottom line for that account look better than it otherwise would have.

But several officials and other sources familiar with the administration’s budget deliberations this year said the DOE nuclear weapons-related cost overruns and the new austerity climate gripping Washington – including the demand under so-called “sequestration” legislation for $54 billion in national security spending cuts each year until 2021 -had upended the administration’s plans to spend more on nonproliferation.

The new weapons-related spending would expand efforts to upgrade the W76, W88, W78, and B-61 warheads, and help fund construction of a new facility in Tennessee for processing uranium, a nuclear explosive used in these and other warheads. A Pentagon spokeswoman, Jennifer D. Its construction would be greatly slowed, while the Defense Department and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration study alternative ways to safeguard tons of the excess plutonium.

The department also needs more funds than anticipated for improvements to the W76 warhead, which is carried by Trident submarine-based missiles.

Under the Obama proposal, the budget for other DOE work related to nuclear nonproliferation would also be curtailed by about $277 million. “I will certainly look into this with high priority” if confirmed, he told Scott.

But then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, after hearing from aides that these overruns were due in part to poor management and inaccurate cost accounting at DOE, initially said the department would not provide any new funds to DOE, on top of the $4.5 billion it previously promised to cover earlier overruns, according to two government officials privy to the deliberations.

The Energy Department needs at least $3 billion to $5 billion more to upgrade the B61 nuclear bomb – meant for deployment aboard strategic and tactical aircraft – than it initially expected, and several billions of dollars more to cover cost overruns in construction of the uranium processing facility. These programs have experienced billions of dollars in cost overruns in recent years, forcing the administration to look elsewhere in the DOE budget to find the money it needs to keep them alive.

Much of the reduction in nonproliferation spending – around $183 million – would come from a controversial plant designed to transform excess plutonium from the U.S. But that still left a $4 billion gap between DOE’s nuclear weapons-related promises to the military and its ability to complete that work, forcing a scramble during the department’s budget deliberations to cut from other programs, officials said.

The plant is about 60 percent completed, but one senior administration official called it “managerially and programmatically, a nightmare,” with continuously rising costs.

The department’s nonproliferation programs, aimed at diminishing the security threat posed by fissile materials in other countries that can be used for nuclear weapons, would be cut by roughly 20 percent, or $460 million, below the current level of $2.45 billion, the officials said.

To cover the $10 billion total cost overrun, the Energy Department and its National Nuclear Security Administration agreed to transfer roughly $3 billion into weapons work from management accounts and other internal savings. programs for securing, reducing and eliminating weapons usable nuclear materials are a critical part of our strategy for combating nuclear terrorism and preventing the proliferation of these deadly dangerous materials…A decision to significantly cut these programs, including our near-term ability to dispose of excess plutonium, would be a setback to our ability to reach critical security goals.”

Tom Collina, research director for the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based nonprofit group, said “in a way,” it seems inconsistent for the administration to promote arms control while cutting the DOE’s nonproliferation budget. That would include a 16 percent cut in spending on efforts to halt the use of fissile material in civilian nuclear reactors and collect or secure weapons-usable fissile materials in other countries; an 8 percent cut in spending on policy to control the spread of nuclear weapons-related technologies; and a 36 percent cut in efforts to monitor potential illicit commerce in fissile materials.

One, who asked not to be named, said the DOE shortfall had set off “months of wrangling” about the issue, not only within the department but at the highest levels of the administration. Sam Nunn, said “the U.S. Under the Obama administration’s proposal for fiscal year 2014, spending for the MOX plant would be around $330 million, or 47 percent of the budget it was supposed to get next year. That plant was initially budgeted at $1.8 billion, but the pricetag has ballooned to at least $7.5 billion, provoking widespread criticism and allegations of mismanagement.

The Center for Public Integrity has previously reported administration officials had agreed that the number of nuclear warheads the U.S. Not by a long shot.” He also proudly said the government has been “increasing funding, and sustaining it … It then asked the Pentagon to provide the additional $7 billion.

Secretary of Energy nominee Ernest Moniz, speaking at a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, ducked multiple questions from Sen