National Labs and Nuclear Negotiations

The New York Times has a recent article about the role of the Department of Energy laboratory system in the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Many of the labs, such as Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Livermore, and Sandia were founded largely to produce nuclear weapons. While weapons research is still something that the labs do, they have turned a lot of their efforts toward civilian science and energy projects. Helping with nuclear negotiations is something that the labs are highly qualified to do and is also a way to use nuclear weapons infrastructure for the purpose of nonproliferation.