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How to forget how to make a bomb

This was the somewhat alarming title of the Records Management news digest that appeared in my Inbox this morning.

Intrigued I clicked on the link, to read the following:

 "PLANS TO refurbish Trident nuclear weapons had to be put on hold because US scientists forgot how to manufacture a component of the warhead, a US congressional investigation has revealed.

The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) "lost knowledge" of how to make a mysterious but very hazardous material codenamed Fogbank….

"NNSA had lost knowledge of how to manufacture the material because it had kept few records of the process when the material was made in the 1980s, and almost all staff with expertise on production had retired or left the agency.""

Perhaps there is a gap in the market over there for a few records managers?  Having said that, it does make me wonder if things are really that much better over here in the UK.

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  •  :  Things don't seem to be much better here - this article from the Guardian "Can anyone recall what we put in our nuclear dump?" (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/feb/14/sellafield-records-nuclear-waste)" rel="nofollow">http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/feb/14/sellafield-records-nuclear-waste)</a> suggests a similarly lax approach to RM in the nuclear industry on this side of the pond.

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