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NNSA Finishes First Production Unit of Modernized W88 Nuclear Warhead; Acting Administrator Charles Verdon Quoted

Charles Verdon

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has completed the first production unit of the modernized version of a 1980s era nuclear warhead at the Pantex Plant in Texas. The W88 Alteration 370 is designed to keep the aging W88/Mk5 strategic deterrent ready for launch onboard the U.S. Navy's Ohio-class submarines whenever needed. 

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NNSA Explores Use of Non-Conventional AI for Nuclear Nonproliferation; Angela Sheffield Quoted

Domain-Aware

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is applying domain-aware artificial intelligence to prevent the potential spread of dangerous nuclear weapons. “The U.S. government recognizes the potential of AI to impact security, welfare and even global leadership," said Angela Sheffield, a senior program manager with the NNSA. 

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NNSA to Extend National Security Site Operation, Management Contract With CNS Team

Consolidated National

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has indicated its intent to award a potential six-month contract extension to an industry team led by Bechtel for continued management and operation work at two national security facilities in Tennessee and Texas. Located in Amarillo, Texas, the Pantex Plant hosts final assembly, dismantlement and maintenance work on U.S. nuclear weapons.

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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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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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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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