An anonymous commenter captured my thoughts on pit production, almost as if he were reading my mind. Like it or not, this is what DOE has planned for LANL. As the comment below suggests, Congress will come around to this way of thinking soon.
St. Pete made it clear with his comments what he envisions for LANL. We're going to become the new Pit Factory of the weapons complex. Congress will come around to this way of thinking in the next year or so.
Bechtel and BWXT are here for that very reason. Pits will become the main purpose for LANL's existence during the next decade. We'll downsize the science and upsize the production facilities. That's our future, whether we like it or not. Overall, LANL will be a smaller facility, with pit production at the core.