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A 1,000-Warhead Arsenal Could Slash U.S Deficit by $13 Billion Over Two Decades, CBO Says

The United States could shave about $13 billion off the federal deficit over about 20 years by slashing some 500 warheads from the nation’s nuclear arsenal, the nonpartisan federal Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The suggestion was only one of many money-saving ideas in the biennial Options for Reducing the Deficit report, which this year […]

Fluor Scoops Nuke Storage Contract at Missile Base

Fluor Federal Services will build a nuclear weapons storage and maintenance facility at the an Frances E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyoming, under a three-and-a-quarter year Army Corps of Engineers contract worth $145 million, the company said Tuesday. The 90,000 square-foot facility will include a fueling station, a generator building and a fire […]

Boeing Cleared to Start Production of Tail Kit for B61-12 Gravity Bomb

Air Force contractor Boeing [BA] is clear to start production on crucial hardware for the B61-12 next-generation nuclear gravity bomb, which is scheduled to be built in 2020, the service said recently. Boeing’s tail-kit cleared Milestone C — which in Pentagon program management precedes a project’s construction phase — in late October, the Air Force […]

Nevada Sues DoE, Says it Won’t Accept Weapon-usable Plutonium From S.C.

The state of Nevada asked a federal judge to bar the Department of Energy from shipping a metric ton of plutonium to the state, potentially throwing a wrench in the agency’s plans to comply with an order from another federal judge to move the material out of South Carolina by Jan. 1, 2020. Nevada sued […]

Navy Awards Bechtel $1.5 Billion Worth of Reactor Component Contracts

The Navy has awarded Bechtel Plant Machinery $1.5 billion worth of contracts for naval nuclear propulsion components, the Pentagon said Friday. The money is spread across a pair of Naval Sea Systems Command contracts: one worth about $890 million, another valued at roughly $615 million, according to the Department of Defense. “No completion date or […]

Dems Drill NNSA No. 2 Nominee On Warhead Cores, Arms Control Treaty

William Bookless, nominated to be second-in-command at the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), defended the agency’s plan to build two nuclear-warhead-core factories in the face of a double-edged inquisition from a pair of Senate Democrats last Thursday. Facing pressure from a third Democratic lawmaker during his confirmation hearing, the physicist and longtime Lawrence Livermore […]

Congress Rides In From Recess On A Wave Of Nuclear Policy Moves

Lawmakers set the stage for the nuclear weapons debate to come in the next Congress with a wave of bills and rhetoric that burned the post-Thanksgiving fog from Washington last week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — upon whom partisans and the press have heaped presidential buzz — provided a capstone last Thursday with a speech […]

Hawks File Bill to Prohibit Spending on Nuke Treaty Extension Talks

A bill introduced Wednesday by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), and supported by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), would prohibit the Trump administration from extending the primary U.S.-Russia nuclear arms-control treaty beyond 2021 without renegotiating the deal to curtail shorter-range Russian missiles.  The ‘‘Stopping Russian Nuclear Aggression Act’’ would prohibit the executive branch from spending any money […]

Aspiring HASC Chair Has Three-Point Plan for Nuke Policy in Next Congress; Eyes ICBMs

The aspiring chair of the House Armed Services Committee said here Wednesday he wants to scrap the Trump administration’s nuclear posture review, whip up a multilateral intermediate-range nuclear forces-style treaty, and take a run a making no-first-use the nuclear law of the land. Speaking here at the Ploughshares Fund’s “Future of U.S. Nuclear Policy” conference, […]