Formed in 1986...

The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) was formed in 1986 to examine the increasingly complex international environment with respect to arms control, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and verification. Although most of its active members are current or retired staff from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), LACACIS is a citizen non-governmental organization that independently researches, debates and advocates political positions. (See LACACIS Policy Statement)

Public meetings are conducted with outside speakers and experts on arms control, international security, and related issues. Many of these experts work at LANL or are associated with national laboratory security programs.

LACACIS has conducted in-depth studies of the INF Treaty, the TTBT and its verification protocol, the START I and START II Treaties, extension of the NPT, the CTBT, and New START. Statements of support for each of these treaties, with related recommendations, have been formally adopted by the Committee and submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, members of New Mexico's Congressional Delegation, and others. Consistent with those treaties is the belief by LACACIS that the United States can achieve greater security with smaller numbers of nuclear weapons given verified mutual reductions with Russia. Formal positions regarding U.S. policy are usually developed by the Treaty Study Committee and by the 7-member Steering Committee prior to submission to the membership. One of the basic references that serve for continuing LACACIS policy studies is A Guide to the Nuclear Arms Control Treaties, written for LANL by the late David Thomson. The book is available to the public from the Los Alamos History Museum. For information about purchase and available discounts, call 505-662-2660.