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NNSA Deploys Counter-UAS System at Los Alamos Facility

The National Nuclear Security Administration has collaborated with the Federal Aviation Administration to field a technology platform designed to counter unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems near the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. LLNL said Thursday it implemented a government-authorized system using legal authority under the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act to protect the …

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Nuclear Weapons Council OKs NNSA’s Recommendation to Address Plutonium Requirements

The Nuclear Weapons Council has validated the National Nuclear Security Administration‘s strategy to help the country meet the Defense Department‘s plutonium requirement of 80 pits per year by 2020. NNSA recommended to repurpose the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina to generate more plutonium pits, while fully utilizing the Los Alamos …

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NNSA, Air Force Conduct B61-12 Bomb Qualification Flight Tests

The U.S. Air Force and the National Nuclear Security Administration have completed a pair of qualification flight tests for the B61-12 gravity bombs. NNSA said Monday an F-15E aircraft carried and dropped the non-nuclear bomb assemblies during the tests held Aug. 8 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. The test flights were conducted as part …

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Trump Asks Frank Klotz to Remain as NNSA Chief

Frank Klotz, a retired Air Force lieutenant general and head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, has been asked by President Donald Trump to remain as NNSA chief until the administration names a successor to the post, Albuquerque Journal reported Monday. Mark Oswald writes the decision comes after Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New …

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Air Force, NNSA Deploy Mock Nuclear Bombs From B-2 Stealth Bombers

The U.S. Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration have conducted two flight tests that had joint test assemblies of B61-7 and B61-11 nuclear bombs released from two separate B-2A Spirit stealth bombers. NNSA said Thursday JTAs are mock weapons that do not contain nuclear materials but are built to feature sensors and …

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DOE: 3 Natl Labs Form Supercomputing Tech Development Alliance

Three Energy Department-funded research centers have forged a partnership that aims to increase scientists’ access to supercomputer technology in efforts to address scientific, national security and environmental problems. DOE said Tuesday the Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories created the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale to design, procure and implement high-performance computing …

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DARPA Picks 11 Disease Forecasting Challenge Winners; Matt Hepburn Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the 11 winners of its six-month, $500,000 CHIKV Challenge competition, which sought new methods to predict the spread of the chikungunya virus in the West. “The teams… identified gaps in current forecasting capabilities and created a set of tools that can immediately help improve forecasting and guide …

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NSF: R&D Spending Among FFRDCs Drops From 2010 Peak to $17B in 2013

The National Science Foundation states that research and development spending among 40 federally funded R&D centers declined in fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012 based on a National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics report. NSF said Tuesday the NCSES InfoBrief reported R&D expenditures of $16.9 billion in 2013, with 1 percent or …

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Los Alamos Nat’l Lab Updates Bioinformatics Research Tool; Ben McMahon Comments

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has updated its Sequedex bioinformatics software that works to identify DNA sequences from viruses and other microorganisms to aid medical treatment, research and diagnosis functions. LANL said Monday that the new version classifies DNA fragments by recognizing patterns and linking them to their function and phylogeny based on a database of …

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