Tag Archives: National Nuclear Security Administration

President Biden Nominates Jill Hruby for NNSA Administrator; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jill Hruby

President Biden has nominated Jill Hruby, former director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), as the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and undersecretary for nuclear security. The White House said Wednesday that Hruby joined SNL as a technical staff member in 1983 and retired from the laboratories in 2017.

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Legislation Introduced To Realign GBSD Funding Toward COVID-19 Research; Sen. Edward Markey Quoted

Intercontinental

Sen. Edward Markey, D-MA. and Rep. Ro Khanna, D-CA, introduced legislation called the Investing in Cures Before Missiles (ICBM) Act on Friday that would transfer funding from the  Air Force’s Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program to Coronavirus prevention and research. 

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Visible Assets Appoints Lisa Gordon-Hagerty to Board Of Directors; John K. Stevens Quoted

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty

Visible Assets announced Tuesday their appointment of Lisa Gordon-Hagerty to its board of directors. Gordon-Hagerty previously served as the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She was the first woman to hold this leadership position. 

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DOE Awards Grant for Academica-led Nuclear Science Research; Kasia Mendelsohn Quoted

DOE

An academic consortium will pursue research on nuclear science, engineering and security through a five-year, $25 million grant awarded by the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). “I am confident the Berkeley-led team will build on their past success and continue to produce an effective return on agency investment,” said Kasia Mendelsohn

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NNSA-FBI Team Hosts Virtual Workshop on Radiological Threats; Jay Tilden Quoted

Radiological Threats

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the FBI held a virtual training activity to raise awareness on nuclear and radiological threats to local and state public safety personnel. The workshop covered the basic characteristics of radiation, danger levels as well as approaches on protecting the community from associated security risks.

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Tarak Shah, David Huizenga to Lead Biden Administration’s DOE

DOE

Tarak Shah, an experienced energy policy expert, and David Huizenga, associate principal deputy administrator for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), have been appointed to serve as DOE's chief of staff and acting secretary, respectively. Both Shah and Huizenga will lead DOE under the Biden-Harris Administration in support of newly inaugurated President Biden, the department said Thursday.

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President-Elect Joe Biden Stresses Need to Innovate U.S. Cyber Defenses

Cyber Defense

President-elect Joe Biden said the U.S. must rethink and innovate national defense against cybersecurity threats following the SolarWinds network monitoring software hack that hit multiple federal agencies. Biden said at a recent press conference the Russian-linked breach poses a national security risk and highlights the need for the U.S. government to update approaches in the cyber domain.

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DoD Intends to Appoint Michael Pillsbury, Lisa Gordon-Hagerty to Defense Policy Board

Michael Pillsbury

The Department of Defense (DoD) eyes the appointment of Michael Pillsbury, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, as chair of the Defense Policy Board (DPB). DoD said Wednesday that it also plans to name Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, formerly an administrator at the National Nuclear Security Administration, as a member of DPB.

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William Bookless Named Acting NNSA Administrator

William Bookless

William Bookless, principal deputy administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), assumed the role of acting administrator of NNSA after Lisa Gordon-Hagerty stepped down from the post. Bookless brings more than 35 years of nuclear security experience to the role. He spent more than three decades at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. 

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NNSA Unveils Centers of Excellence for Exascale Computing-Based Nuclear Stockpile Research; Mark Anderson Quoted

Nuclear Stockpile

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has chosen nine universities that will serve as centers of excellence for nuclear stockpile research and development efforts driven by simulation and exascale computing technologies. The universities will serve as Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) III Centers and work to drive research into weapons stockpile management in line with NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) initiative. 

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