Tag Archives: National Nuclear Security Administration

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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NNSA Manufactures Initial Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead Unit

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration concluded the production of a U.S. Navy low-yield nuclear warhead missile. The NNSA said Monday that it has manufactured the first production unit for the W76-2 warhead at DOE's Pantex Plant facility in Texas. The W76-2 is an updated variant of the W76-1 platform and provides submarine vessels with sea-launched ballistic missile warhead capacities.

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NNSA Approves $1B Subcritical Nuclear Testing Project

The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration has approved a $1.1B concept design for the Advanced Sources and Detectors program involving subcritical experiments to maintain the nation’s nuclear deterrent, DOE said Thursday. The ASD project will support the U.S. stockpile stewardship program and revolve around generating high-speed and high-fidelity images of subcritical experiments that don’t produce nuclear yield.

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NNSA Completes Navy W76-1 Nuclear Warhead Modernization Effort

The National Nuclear Security Administration has finished updating all of the U.S. Navy’s W76-0 nuclear warheads to the W76-1 configuration, Defense News reported Thursday. The W76-1 warhead is intended to be installed onto the re-entry vehicle for the Trident II D5 ballistic missile launched via submarine.

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DOE NNSA Allots $50M for Academia-Led Nonproliferation R&D

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is investing $50M in grants supporting research and development efforts on nonproliferation over the next five years. NNSA said Thursday it will provide $5M per year to two university research consortia to integrate academic studies with National Laboratory applications in nuclear science and security.

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USAF Approves Production of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb

The U.S. Air Force approved the production of a new guided tail-kit assembly for the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb. The service branch said Friday, its Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will conclude the TKA's manufacturing development phase and proceed with production under the Milestone C transition. AFNWC developed the TKA and will perform integration with the bomb built by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

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US Navy Establishes Hypersonics Arsenal Program Office

Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs, recently said that he had set up a program office to facilitate the development of a hypersonic strike capability for the service. The hypersonic weapon is meant to be part of the U.S. military's conventional prompt global strike arsenal, whose purpose is to give the armed forces the ability to hit any target anywhere in the world within sixty minutes, USNI News reported.

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DOE NNSA Releases Annual Reports on Stockpile Management, Nuclear Threat Prevention

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has posted updated reports highlighting the agency's strategy to manage and protect the country's nuclear stockpile. The "Fiscal Year 2019 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan" report features information on programs aiming to extend the lifespan of warheads, the DOE said Thursday.

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