A revolving door in the nuclear weapons industry

Members of Congress, influential government contractors and high-ranking federal officials have a symbiotic relationship when it comes to managing the country’s nuclear weapons research and design facilities. In one case, a congresswoman from New Mexico became a consultant to two prominent defense companies running the federal labs only days after leaving office. Some experts in the industry say the revolving door provides experience; others say conflicts of interest could jeopardize independent oversight of the labs.

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Lockheed Martin Corp. Nuclear Regulatory Commission U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Department of Defense U.S. Strategic Command LTV Missiles and Space Co. Sandia National Laboratories National Nuclear Security Administration U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Senate candidate The Babcock & Wilcox Co. U.S. Air Force National Security Council U.S. Department of State Martin Marietta Corp. NNSA governance panel Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Science adviser to U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici U.K. Atomic Weapons Establishment Los Alamos National Laboratory