Nation: Getting Ready

Even as President Kennedy made his test-resumption announcement, U.S. scientists and military men worked day and night to get ready for the U.S. series of shots. In the Government's nuclear laboratories at Los Alamos, N. Mex., and Livermore, Calif., scientists were turning mock-up models of weapons into hardware that could be exploded. In Washington, a shabby grey building named Barton Hall, tucked away near the Lincoln Memorial, suddenly became one of the most important structures in town. There Joint Task Force 8—the nucleus of the U.S. testing effort—was preparing for the huge job...

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