Unpublished Technical History of the W31 Warhead

Samuel E. Stokes filed this request with the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-00020-R
Due Oct. 28, 2016
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Samuel E. Stokes

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any documents, memorandums, notes, files, diagrams, images or other written documentation that has not been previously declassified and made publicly available concerning the design, testing, change orders, problems encountered, fixes for problems encountered of the W-31 warhead. Documentation of the identification of the various Departments and Sections responsible for the design and testing of the W-31, as well as the identification of the key personnel responsible for such work. For example, vibration tests, tests of the PAL, cabling, pressure tests, and initiator tests. Including any documentation relating the the mating of the W-31 warhead to the Nike missile system. Any documentation on the use of the W-31 on any other weapon systems or devices. Information identifying, by name and date, and location all tests, for proof of concept, safety, effects, or other testing purposes. Further, request a mandatory declassification of the yields of various warheads for the Nike Hercules system.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Samuel E. Stokes

From: Jaramillo, Ben

Hi Delilah - please see below.

From: Jaramillo, Ben

Delilah - please see below.

From: Jaramillo, Ben

I will be out of the office 11/29 - 12/2. I will have periodic access to email and voicemail during this time.
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Thanks!

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Vialpando, Rose (CONTR)

Hello Mr. Stokes,

Your request was received in our office on 11/17/16. It is the practice of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of the General Counsel, in accordance with the Departmental policy, to process FOIA/PA requests in the approximate order of the date received by this office.

Please note that your case is under review and will continue to be tracked until completion and final disposition.

We will continue to monitor your case as it progresses. Estimated completion time TBD. Your continued patience is greatly appreciated.

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Rose Vialpando
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NNSA/OGC
Central Research Inc.
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From: Marquez, Roberto

Mr. Stokes,

Please refer to the attached Acknowledgement Letter sent to you via US Mail on 28 Nov 16. We received your request in our office on 17 Nov 16. Thank you!

Sincerely,

R. Marquez

Roberto Marquez,
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: Marquez, Roberto

Mr. Stokes,

Please refer to the attached Acknowledgement Letter sent to you via US Mail on 28 Nov 16. We received your request in our office on 17 Nov 16. Thank you!

Sincerely,

R. Marquez

Roberto Marquez,
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: Marquez, Roberto

Dear Mr. Stokes,

1. We have been tasked to contact you regarding FOIA 17-00020-R. The site office conducting the search for records has requested that you "Narrow the Scope of your Request".

2. Please provide a response regarding the request to narrow the scope by December 15, 2016. This will allow our site office to reasonably search for records pertaining to your active FOIA case. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

R. Marquez

Roberto Marquez,
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: Marquez, Roberto

Mr. Stokes,

We have not received your action requested below. Your case may be subject to closure if we do not receive your reply by 18 Jan 17. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Sincerely,

R. Marquez

Roberto Marquez,
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: MuckRock

Hello Mr. Marquez,

I'm wondering if you could provide some direction in how we can best narrow this request. The primary interest here is in development documentation and testing materials related to the W-31 warhead. Regarding the mating of the W-31 warhead to the Nike missile system, it may be that the files of the Technical Proficiency Inspection Team, among others, might have collected such materials. Finally, perhaps you would be able to direct us toward whatever inventory may exist regarding the warheads and their yields deemed suitable for the Nike Hercules system. Any guidance you can provide at this point would be greatly appreciated, as would keeping this request open until such a time that satisfactory limitation has occurred to facilitate processing.

Thanks so much,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Samuel E. Stokes

Hi,

Just following up again, but wondered if it would help to limit the request to the following:

Any documents, memorandums, notes, files, diagrams, images or other written documentation that has not been previously declassified and made publicly available concerning the design, testing, change orders, problems encountered, fixes for problems encountered of the W-31 warhead.

Thanks again for your help processing this request.

From: Marquez, Roberto

Dear Mr. Stokes,

Thank you for providing the following info regarding our request to "Narrow the Scope". I will forward your request to site office handling your request for records. We will notify you if we have any further questions.

FOIA 17-00020-R - Scope: "Any documents, memorandums, notes, files, diagrams, images or other written documentation that has not been previously declassified and made publicly available concerning the design, testing, change orders, problems encountered, fixes for problems encountered of the W-31 warhead".
Sincerely,

R. Marquez

Roberto Marquez,
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: Marquez, Roberto

Dear Mr. Stokes,

It is the practice of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of the General Counsel, in accordance with the Departmental policy, to process FOIA requests in the approximate order of the date received by this office. A number of requests received prior to yours are pending. Please note that your case is out for records search and will continue to be tracked until completion and final disposition. I have requested a status update from the site office conducting the search for records.

We will continue to monitor your case as it progresses. Estimated completion to be determined. Upon receipt of any updates regarding your case, I will ensure you are notified. Your continued patience is greatly appreciated!

Thank you for your inquiry!

Sincerely,

R. Marquez

Roberto Marquez,
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: Marquez, Roberto

Dear Mr. Stokes,

Your request is currently active and still open with the site office conducting the search for records. We will notify you upon completion of your request. Thanks again for your patience.

Sincerely,

R. Marquez

Roberto Marquez,
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: Marquez, Roberto

I am currently out of the office, upon return I will check the status of your request. Thank you for your inquiry!

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