Author Archives: Chris Schneidmiller

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Final Nuke Posture Review Coming in Early February, Pentagon Spox Says

The final version of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review will arrive in early February, the Pentagon said Thursday. Dana White, the chief Department of Defense spokesperson, firmed up the date for the official release in a Pentagon briefing with the press. The long-awaited review, which leaked out in draft form earlier in January, will […]


Newport News-BWXT Team Lands $1.39B Deal for LANL Legacy Cleanup

A team comprised of Stoller Newport News Nuclear and BWX Technologies [BWXT] has been awarded a $1.39 billion contract valued for cleanup of legacy wastes at the Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. This will be Stoller’s first major operational contract at the nuclear weapons lab, where BWXT is an old hand […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA Bans Drone Flights Over Seven Energy Department Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced that it is prohibiting flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over seven Department of Energy sites around the country. Drone flights will be banned from the surface to 400 feet above ground level at the Hanford Site in Washington state, the Pantex Plant in Texas, the Los Alamos National […]

The NNSA's National Security Site conducts a range of activities. Pictured here a container is passing by a radiation detection scanner. Photo: NNSA

NNSA Nevada Site Re-Bid Winding Down

The second round of bidding for the Nevada National Security Site management and operations contract appears to be in its final stages, executives with one of the competing companies said Tuesday. Leidos [LDOS] resubmitted a proposal after the previous contract award to a newly acquired subsidiary was rescinded last year, according to Elizabeth Porter, senior […]

Artist's rendering of the Air Force's Long Range Strike Bomber, designated B-21. Photo: Air Force.

Nuclear Posture Review Due In Spring, Air Force Chief Says

The Defense Department is set to complete its new Nuclear Posture Review this spring, and deliberations could address the weapons and nuclear yields necessary for the United States nuclear deterrent going forward, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Tuesday. “I do believe we’re going to have discussions about munitions. I do believe […]


No Protests Filed Against Sandia Lab Contract Award

There were no protests against the contract award for management and operations of the Sandia National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration said this week. The semiautonomous branch of the U.S. Energy Department announced on Dec. 16 that it had awarded the contract to National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS), a wholly owned […]

Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743). Photo: U.S. Navy

Smaller U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Could Help Cut Deficit: CBO

Slashing the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal is one option to save billions of dollars in the coming decade for efforts to reduce the growing federal deficit, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The CBO’s latest analysis of deficit-cutting opportunities covers the 2017 to 2026 fiscal years and encompasses 115 options to decrease spending […]

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NNSA Taking Bids for Nevada Site Security Contract

The National Nuclear Security Administration is accepting bids for the new contract to provide protective force services at the agency’s Nevada National Security Site. The contract would feature a one-year base period, from June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018, followed by four single-year option periods through the end of May 2022, says the request […]

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NVS3T Still in the Running for Nevada Site Contract

After winning the multibillion-dollar management and operations contract for the Nevada National Security Site, only to have the award pulled in a matter of days, Nevada Site Science Support and Technologies Corp. (NVS3T) remains in the running in the rebidding process. The Department of Energy’s semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Aug. 31 that […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Modernized Nuclear Triad Central to U.S. Security: STRATCOM Nominee

The United States must maintain and modernize all three legs of the nuclear triad, including through deployment of a new air-launched cruise missile, the Air Force general nominated to lead U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday. “It’s essential that we always maintain a fully ready nuclear deterrent capability. There should be no doubt that the […]