Of particular interest to POGO is the recommendation by three experts that guard forces at the various bomb-grade uranium and plutonium storage sites be federalized, something the organization has suggested in the past.

Fence_SmallShortly after last year’s incredible breach at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee by the 82-year-old nun and her cohorts, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu asked three experts to review the physical security of the entire nuclear weapons complex. This group was comprised of former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine (who provided an extremely detailed analysis in his review, discussing concerns about false alarm rates, failed compensatory measures, unrepaired equipment, and substandard testing), retired Air Force Maj. Gen. C. Donald Alston, former Commander at Warren Air Force Base and former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Meserve.

Of particular interest to POGO is the recommendation made by all three experts that guard forces at the various bomb-grade uranium and plutonium storage sites be federalized, something POGO has suggested time and time again. (Meserve discusses federalization, but felt it might be unwarranted at this time.) One of the major security concerns has been the impact of guard union strikes, which leave these incredibly sensitive facilities vulnerable but would no longer be an issue with a federalized force. POGO recommends that Congress finally move ahead on federalizing the guard forces at all sites where bomb-grade quantities of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium are stored.

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Source: Peter Stockton, Senior Investigator, Project On Government Oversight | January 14, 2013