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NNSA OKs Full-Scale Operations at Pantex Plant’s New Pressing Facility

The National Nuclear Security Administration has allowed Pantex Plant’s High Explosives Pressing Facility to proceed with full-scale operations after a series of readiness assessments. The Texas-based facility would replace the nuclear weapons plant's aging machining and pressing equipment, and consolidate operations to lessen the motion of explosives across the plant, the Department of Energy said Thursday.

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NNSA Sets Strategies to Modernize, Secure US Nuclear Security Enterprise

The National Nuclear Security Administration issued three strategic documents providing information on how the agency and its partners can form an integrated approach to modernize the U.S. nuclear security enterprise to address emerging threats. “We are at our highest level of activity since the Cold War, and these three documents will ensure that our enterprise of some 44,000 employees has a common vision and an integrated approach to strengthening the nation’s nuclear security,” Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, under secretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator, said in a statement Monday

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Adrienne Lotto, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of CESER for the DOE, Announced as Keynote Speaker for Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Cybersecurity Summit

Adrienne Lotto, acting principal deputy assistant secretary to the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER) for the U.S. Department of Energy, will be featured as a keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Cybersecurity Summit on May 8th. 

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DOE Introduces $79M Bioenergy R&D Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy plans to award $79 million in grants to support research and development efforts for bioenergy sources. DOE said Friday that the department aims to use the funding opportunity to provide consumers low-cost and efficient domestic energy options including bioproducts and biofuels. Some of the topics under the funding program include the optimization of biomass-derived jet fuel mixtures, rapid bioprocessing and the reduction of water and energy emissions.

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Sandia Nat’l Labs Developing AI Capabilities for Hypersonic Vehicles

The Department of Energy's Sandia National Labs is working to integrate automated technology into hypersonic vehicles to support flight and mission planning and improve aircraft survivability, National Defense reported Thursday. Alex Roesler, deputy director of Sandia's integrated military systems center, said that automating mission and flight planning for hypersonic aircraft would accelerate testing operations that normally require extensive expert input and take weeks to plan during the U.S. Army’s Mad Scientist event in Texas.

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Michael Griffin: DoD Labs Must Work, Collaborate to Support Warfighters

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, highlighted the mission of the Department of Defense's organic laboratories during DoD Lab Day. He said that laboratory engineers must work with a balance between speed, diligence and quality to boost the military's lethality and protection, DoD said Thursday

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DOE Allots Funds for AI Research Projects

The Department of Energy is investing $20 million in research and development projects to apply artificial intelligence to energy science and grid management. DOE said Wednesday. Eight projects have been identified that would receive a combined amount of almost $7 million to study on AI, big data and machine learning applications in grid resiliency. These projects are funded under DOE's Office of Electricity.

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DOE Announces $95M Funding for SBIR, STTR Phase II

The Department of Energy intends to award $95 million in 86 grants across 74 firms under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The grants cover phase II of the programs and would finance projects that passed technical feasibility qualifications during the first phase, DOE said Monday. Each awardee would receive a grant valued around $1 million covering a two-year research and development period for prototyping.

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Reps. Don Beyer, Anna Eshoo, Adam Schiff Urge Funds for DOE Clean Energy Efforts

Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., wrote a letter to request funds for the Department of Energy to develop clean energy technologies. The letter, addressed to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, responds to the Trump administration's proposal to remove fund allotments for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Beyer's office said Wednesday.

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Energy Department Announces Plan to Proceed With Warhead Development Engineering

The Nuclear Weapons Council authorized development for the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) effort to extend the W80-4 warhead's service life. NNSA, a unit of the Department of Energy, will work with the Department of Defense to develop and determine the final sustained design for the warhead via testing and analyses, the department said Thursday.

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