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DoD Begins Low-Yield Nuclear Cruise Missile Dev’t

The Department of Defense has begun the development of low-yield submarine-launched nuclear cruise missiles, USNI News reported Wednesday. John Rood, undersecretary of policy at the Department of Defense, said the U.S. military also requested funding through fiscal year 2020 to perform low-yield alteration to existing ballistic missiles and warheads deployed on submarines.

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James Mattis: National Defense Strategy Seeks to Address Threats From Three Angles

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the Pentagon developed the National Defense Strategy by assessing threats from the angles of power, will and urgency, Defense.gov reported Wednesday. “In terms of raw power right now, I look at Russia and the nuclear arsenal they have,” Mattis said Tuesday during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.
 

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NASA Tests Nuclear Power System to be Used for Mars Missions

NASA has performed tests at the Department of Energy‘s Nevada National Security Site for a compact nuclear power system built to support long missions conducted on Mars, Reuters reported Friday. The testing began November 2017 as part of NASA’s Kilopower effort in aims to provide energy capacities that will support human and robotic missions …

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Idaho Natl Lab Reactivates Transient Reactor Test Facility

The Energy Department‘s Idaho National Laboratory has resumed operation at the Transient Reactor Test facility that was built to test nuclear reactor fuels and substances in extreme conditions. DOE said Wednesday it closed and placed the TREAT facility on standby status in 1994. The TREAT reactor is designed to generate energy five times …

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NNSA, Air Force Conduct B61-12 Bomb Qualification Flight Tests

The U.S. Air Force and the National Nuclear Security Administration have completed a pair of qualification flight tests for the B61-12 gravity bombs. NNSA said Monday an F-15E aircraft carried and dropped the non-nuclear bomb assemblies during the tests held Aug. 8 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. The test flights were conducted as part …

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Commerce Dept Adds New Members to Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee; Penny Pritzker Comments

The Commerce Department has appointed 39 members to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee tasked to advise the secretary on policy administration to increase the export of U.S. civil nuclear products and services. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced the new appointments of senior-level, private-sector representatives on Tuesday. “Maintaining U.S. leadership …

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DoD Officials Urge Nuclear Modernization/Sustainment for Nat’l & Allied Security

Three Defense Department leaders have testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee that the U.S. needs a nuclear modernization and sustainment strategy to support national and allied security, DoD News reported Thursday. Karen Parrish writes Robert Scher, assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, said a modernization effort …

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US, Japan, South Korea Agree to Exchange Nuclear Threat Intelligence

The U.S. Defense Department has signed an agreement with its South Korean and Japanese counterparts to share information regarding North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats. The trilateral pact calls for a voluntary exchange of classified intelligence among the countries’ defense personnel, the Pentagon said Dec. 28. Japan and South Korea …

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