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February 19, 1960

A.A. WELLS, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, TO PHILIP J. FARLEY, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DISARMAMENT AND ATOMIC ENERGY, 'CONTROL OF AND COOPERATION IN GAS CENTRIFUGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM'

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    The development of the gas centrifuge method, according to this report, would make production of U-235 (and by extension, nuclear weapons) possible for as many as 20-30 foreign countries. The U.S. is thus forced to consider its strategy for how to limit proliferation despite this new, cheap technology.
    "A.A. Wells, Director, Division of International Affairs, to Philip J. Farley, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Disarmament and Atomic Energy, 'Control of and Cooperation in Gas Centrifuge Research and Development Program'" February 19, 1960, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Department of Energy MDR release. Obtained and contributed by William Burr and included in NPIHP Research Update #7. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115304
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