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By Jennet Conant

In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the bright, charismatic head of the ny undertaking, recruited scientists to reside as digital prisoners of the U.S. executive at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outdoor Santa Fe, New Mexico. millions of guys, ladies, and youngsters spent the conflict years sequestered during this top-secret army facility. They lied to family and friends approximately the place they have been going and what they have been doing, after which disappeared into the desolate tract. throughout the eyes of a tender Santa Fe widow who was once one in every of Oppenheimer's first recruits, we see how, for all his flaws, he constructed into an inspiring chief and encouraged all these fascinated about the Los Alamos undertaking to make a very best attempt and accomplish the unthinkable.

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Sprague and the others suggested minor revisions. 39 A copy of the June 25 report, bearing Sprague’s handwritten marginalia, has a modest amount of redactions for “restricted data,” the euphemistic phrase for nuclear weapon information. 40 Of the nuclear antiaircraft weapons, only the Nike-Hercules is mentioned. As with the earlier omissions in the information provided to Sprague for his senate assignment, the report’s silence on the other two nascent atomic air defense programs is not significant.

33 The same day that Radford wrote to Wilson, however, Radford attended an NSC meeting where the president expressed his concern about a Soviet strike and Atomic Energy Commission chairman Lewis L. Strauss alluded to armaments intended to blunt a bomber raid. ” R O B E R T S P R AG U E’ S “A D E Q UAT E D EF EN S E” 29 In a related colloquy about Strauss’s concurrence with a memorandum circulated to the council opposing a nuclear test moratorium, the AEC official said a ban would interfere with arms development.

16 This height was well within the performance parameters of typical bombers; the fact that the AEC dubbed the shot the “high altitude” test illustrates that seven miles above the earth’s surface was nonetheless seen as a considerable distance at the time. The test was the culmination of a yearlong effort to evaluate nuclear blast and thermal characteristics in connection with antiaircraft weapon design. ”17 The Associated Press seemed satisfied with their work.

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