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U.S. Cuts Retraining of Russian Weaponeers

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Science  12 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5443, pp. 1268-1269
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5443.1268

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Congress has slashed by 75% a planned expansion of an effort to produce 20,000 civilian jobs for weapons scientists and engineers in 10 closed cities in Russia. But while the Department of Energy is reeling from the blow to its 1-year-old Nuclear Cities Initiative, European countries hope to start their own program next year to keep nuclear scientists employed--and perhaps avert a brain drain to rogue countries.