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.Read More »
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.Read More »
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has selected four universities to operate new centers of excellence under a shared allotment of $40.5M. These new centers will work to foster collaboration between the NNSA and academia under the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances program, the DOE said Monday.Read More »
The Energy Department has issued a new policy framework regulating cooperation between the U.S. and China concerning the sharing of civilian nuclear technology. The DoE said on Thursday that the new framework was developed due to concerns that China may be attempting to acquire nuclear technology from U.S. companies in such a manner that is, in the words of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, “outside of established processes of U.S.-China civil nuclear cooperation.”Read More »
Charles Verdon, former principal associate director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been sworn in as deputy administrator for defense programs at the Department of Energy‘s National Nuclear Security Administration. In his new role, he will lead the security agency's efforts to deter modern nuclear threats facing the country and manage nuclear stockpiles in collaboration with the Defense Department, the DOE said Tuesday.Read More »
The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration will proceed with the final production qualification activities of the B61-12 Life Extension Program after completing a final design review of a new B61 variant.
The department said Friday NNSA will initiate production qualification operations at its Pantex Plant within the month, then conduct phase 6.5 first production authorization in September 2019.
The House and the Senate have awarded $80M in total funding to the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics via the Congress-approved fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water bill.Read More »
NNSA, Tennessee Valley Authority Partner to Down-Blend Highly-Enriched Uranium for National Security
The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration intends to partner with the Tennessee Valley Authority to down-blend highly-enriched uranium and support national security. The effort would support the production of tritium, which serves as an important component of the country's nuclear weapons stockpile, the DOE said Thursday.Read More »
William Bookless, a former senior physicist at the Energy Department‘s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be nominated by President Trump as principal deputy administrator at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He worked at LLNL for 32 years and participated in various nuclear security research projects as deputy associate director for …Read More »