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NNSA Completes Final Design Review of B61-12 Bombs, Proceeds to Production Qualification Activities

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.

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DHS Helps Navy, Coast Guard Evaluate Nat’l Security Cutters

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has collaborated with the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard in the assessment of two National Security Cutters since December. DHS said Tuesday the directorate helped the Navy’s commander of operational test and evaluation forces to collect and document information needed to …

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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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DARPA Develops Military System Performance Prediction Tools

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed mathematical tools and methods to help designers understand risks associated with the design and modeling of large military systems such as aerospace vehicles and engines. Research teams under DARPA’s Enabling Quantification of Uncertainty in Physical Systems program have developed uncertainty quantification tools to increase chances that new …

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Trump Asks Frank Klotz to Remain as NNSA Chief

Frank Klotz, a retired Air Force lieutenant general and head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, has been asked by President Donald Trump to remain as NNSA chief until the administration names a successor to the post, Albuquerque Journal reported Monday. Mark Oswald writes the decision comes after Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New …

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Michael Johnson Steps Down from Energy CIO Role

Michael Johnson, Energy Department chief information officer, has left the agency following an almost two-year stint with the organization, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Steven Norton writes Robbie Green, principal deputy CIO for enterprise information resources management, has been named interim CIO following Johnson’s departure. A spokesperson from the DOE …

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University Teams to Develop Computer Algorithms for IARPA Object Recognition Challenge

Three university-led teams have been chosen for a program to map, understand and mathematically re-create visual processing in the brain in response to an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity challenge that aims to close gaps between computer and human recognition. Sandia National Laboratories said Nov. 2 that participants of IARPA’s Machine Intelligence from …

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