80 Pits Manufacturing Capacity (Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration)

Martin Pfeiffer filed this request with the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration of the United States of America.
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Multi Request 80 Pits Manufacturing Capacity


From: Martin Pfeiffer

To Whom It May Concern:

1) This is a FOIA Request
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Reports, memos, documents, analyses of alternatives, or other records that consider, explain, and justify the arguments and decision to promulgate in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review--and after--an 80 plutonium pit manufacturing requirement by 2030 for the US nuclear weapon complex. In other words, records that would permit me to understand the range of intra-/inter- agency stockholder opinions and arguments as well as the technical, logical, economic, strategic, and political basis for understanding the choice of 80 pits. You may restrict your search for records to the period between and including 01/01/2016 and 05/01/2019. Please also include records relating to the choice of Savannah River as a pit manufacturing site also.

As the FOIA requires please release all reasonably segregable portions of responsive records. If you withhold records or portions of records then please indicate under which exemption you claim to do so and provide me with my options for appeal. If you are not the proper agency for this request then I please forward this request to the proper agency and notify me that you have done so.

2) Fees and Fee Status
I am a PhD student at the University of New Mexico and the information requested is for academic and public education purposes, including my PhD dissertation project, and not primarily for commercial use. Furthermore, I will make responsive records available to the public via my academic publications and presentations as well as on social media and my blog. Please note that you can access my UNM student profile page at the following url: https://anthropology.unm.edu/people/grad-students/profile/martin-pfeiffer.html.

Therefore, as per Sack v. DOD (2016) I qualify for educational institution fee status and ask that you process my request accordingly. In your response please confirm that you will be processing my request under the educational institution fee status. I agree to pay fees up to $30 without additional notice. In the event that there are fees exceeding $30 then please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

3) Record Delivery and Communications
I hereby request that all records generated by this request be delivered in electronic format via email or, if that is not possible, on CD-ROM if available. If you have any questions or information regarding this request then please do not hesitate to contact me, preferably via email. Please provide an email address through which I can contact you to discuss this request.

You may, and I request that you do so, engage in rolling release of responsive records.

I look forward to receiving your response within the twenty day statutory period. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and time in this matter.

Martin Pfeiffer, MA
Scholar, National Security Studies Program
Graduate Assistant, Department of Anthropology
University of New Mexico

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Mr. Pfeiffer,
The attached PDF acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request. If you have questions email me anytime.
Thank you, Delilah Perez
Government Information Specialist

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Dear Ms. Perez,

Thank you for your message and for sending an acknowledgment for this FOIA request.

I appreciate your time and effort on this matter. Have a good week.

Martin Pfeiffer

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

You are very welcome. Hope you have a good week as well.

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Mr. Pfeiffer,

The final response to your FOIA request is attached.
Best regards,


Christina Hamblen
Lead FOIA Analyst
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Ms. Christina,

Thank you for your message and the provision of the final response letter.

I hope you have a great week. As always, thank you for your assistance with this and my other requests.

Martin Pfeiffer