plutonium pit

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Noun1.plutonium pit - a steel or beryllium sphere containing plutonium 239 that triggers nuclear fission when compressed by explosives
A-bomb, atom bomb, atomic bomb, fission bomb, plutonium bomb - a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239)
trigger - a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen
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"The lab will continue to be a critical resource to ensure the future safety and security of the United States as we begin work on new endeavors, like the effort to recapitalize our plutonium pit mission."
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) called for a tenfold increase in the levels of "plutonium equivalent" material stored at a New Mexico nuclear facility to allow for the resumption of plutonium pit production.
An interim strategy will be implemented to provide adequate support to plutonium pit manufacturing and storage needs until a long-term solution can be implemented.
Plutonium pit production, which the military says is needed to replace pits in older nuclear warheads, is limited by law to 20 pits per year.
Using less than 8 grams of plutonium, they obtained information useful in assessing how long a plutonium pit, or the core of an implosion weapon, can be kept in a reliable state.
Another major player flouting the NPT, according to nuclear disarmament activists, is the US government, which has been making efforts to expand plutonium pit production for nuclear weapons, while top US officials have made public avowals that they were prepared to use nuclear weapons in Iraq and Iran.
A new $22 million plutonium pit production facility has been proposed so that stockpiled weapons can be "refreshed" in the name of homeland security.
Wearing gloves, face masks, and lead aprons to shield them from plutonium's radioactivity, they remove the plutonium pit from the bomb's warhead.
Tom Udall (D-NM) voiced their opposition to the DOE's plan to reuse the MOX facility for plutonium pit manufacturing.
The funding targeted stockpile management; construction projects; nuclear safeguards; and a series of specific campaigns for research, engineering, Plutonium pit production, and stockpile readiness.

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