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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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Rear Adm. John Palmer Named DLA Land and Maritime Commander

U.S. Navy Rear. Adm. John Palmer, director of logistics, fleet supply and ordnance at the U.S. Pacific Fleet will be assigned as commander of the Defense Logistics Agency‘s land and maritime organization, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. His previous shore assignments include positions at the the Naval Supply Systems Command, Navy Personnel Command, Naval …

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DOE to Invest $78M in Bioenergy R&D Projects

The Energy Department will invest a total of $78 million to fund early-stage bioenergy research and development projects. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a statement released Thursday that DOE seeks to improve the conversion of algae, energy crops and various waste streams into biofuels, biopower and bioproducts through the four new funding opportunities. DOE will …

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House Approves Authorized Budget Increase for FAA AST

The House of Representatives has approved a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which includes proposals supporting the agency’s commercial spaceflight operations and a possible increase in budget, SpaceNews reported Friday. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 raises the budget of the agency’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) from less …

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