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NNSA, Tennessee Valley Authority Partner to Down-Blend Highly-Enriched Uranium for National Security

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration intends to partner with the Tennessee Valley Authority to down-blend highly-enriched uranium and support national security. The effort would support the production of tritium, which serves as an important component of the country's nuclear weapons stockpile, the DOE said Thursday.

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NNSA, USAF Complete Gravity Bomb Qualification Tests; Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton Comments

The U.S. Air Force and the Energy Department‘s National Nuclear Security Administration have concluded flight tests needed to qualify the B61-12 gravity bomb’s non-nuclear functions. A B-2A Spirit Bomber aircraft released the bomb’s non-nuclear test assembly during the two tests that took place June 9 at Tonopah Test Range, Nev., DOE said Friday. The assembly …

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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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NASA, DOE’s NNSA Demonstrate New Nuclear Reactor for Space Missions

NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Department of Energy have jointly conducted a demonstration of a new nuclear reactor system being developed for long-term space missions. The Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology or KRUSTY is designed as a lightweight fission power system with the capacity to generate a maximum of 10 kilowatts for a decade …

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