The Modern Nuclear Weapon

Speaker Name: 
Bruce Goodwin
Speaker Title: 
Senior Laboratory Fellow
Speaker Organization: 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Start Time: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
End Time: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 1:30pm
Darrell Long


There have been many histories written on the development of the first nuclear weapon and the first hydrogen bomb. These weapons looked nothing like the weapons that are currently deployed by the US for deterrence. This talk will attempt to describe the history of the development of the modern, miniature nuclear weapon in an unclassified way.



BRUCE GOODWIN is currently a Senior Laboratory Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was previously the Associate Director for National Security Policy Research and from 2001 until 2013, he was the Principal Associate Director for the Nuclear Weapons Program at LLNL. He began his career designing nuclear explosives at Los Alamos and moved to LLNL in 1985. He has been responsible for the design and analysis of five nuclear tests. He received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (’82), and his BS in Physics from City College of New York (‘72).