Today, the Department of Defense released its

, a "roadmap for implementing President Obama's agenda" on nuclear weapons—a somewhat muddled one, as evidenced in the review:

This NPR places the

prevention

of nuclear terrorism and

proliferation

at the top of the US policy agenda...At the same time...

the US must sustain

a safe, secure and effective nuclear

arsenal

.

Speculations abound on what the NPR really means—and in New Mexico, its implications are sure to be magnified. Read what some nuke activists are saying after the jump.

Here's

Jay Coghlan

, the director of

. He calls the review's stated nonproliferation goal "laudable" but says in a statement that it "needs to be matched on the ground." To wit:

Greg Mello

of the

offers a "preliminary opinion," also via written statement:

[I]t is a status-quo document that makes only minor adjustments in nuclear weapons policy.  These it makes in what the Administration hopes will be somewhat more effective global power projection plan overall.  It perpetuates all the major nuclear myths, temporizes with respect to all the tough issues, and offers a great deal of what the Bush Administration offered, just in different, Democrat-friendly language.  It attaches the greatest salience to nuclear weapons which do not exist and attaches relatively little to which do.  Policy continuities from the previous two presidents seem to dominate, by far.


Of special interest to New Mexico journalists, the NPR blesses the massive Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF), the largest public works project in New Mexico history in constant dollars by a factor of about 9, not including the interstate highways in New Mexico.

Stay tuned for some more detailed analysis later. For now, though, I'm off to the

on whether Los Alamos National Lab should be allowed to burn hazardous waste in the open air!