The phrase that we often use is “safe, secure, and reliable.” It’s a mantra. Maybe a little background would help clarify the related challenges.
The United States developed its nuclear stockpile during a period when we were doing active underground nuclear testing, as well as active development of new systems. All of that stopped, in terms of the way we had historically done things, with the last underground nuclear test – called Divider – being conducted in 1992. ... (cont)