Author Archives: Dan Leone

Final Bids in On LANL Contract, UC Says

The University of California submitted its best and final offer to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next decade, a spokesperson for the institution said Friday. “It’s my understanding that all teams have submitted their final bids at this time,” the spokesperson wrote in an email to sister publication Weapons Complex Morning Briefing. […]

Texas A&M Team Files ‘Best and Final’ Offer on LANL Contract

The bid team that includes Texas A&M University has submitted its final offer on a contract to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next 10 years, a university spokesperson said Thursday. “Best and final have been submitted and we believe NNSA [the National Nuclear Security Administration] will announce an award in the May […]

White House Wants $65M For DOE Work On Low-Yield Warhead In 2019

The White House wants $65 million in fiscal 2019 for the Department of Energy’s work on the low-yield ballistic-missile warhead called for in the latest Nuclear Posture Review, a weapon Congress must authorize before the agency can start building it. The Donald Trump administration made the funding request official Friday in proposed amendments to the […]

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White House Wants $65M For DOE Work On Low-Yield Warhead In 2019

The White House wants $65 million in fiscal 2019 for the Department of Energy’s work on the low-yield ballistic-missile warhead called for in the latest Nuclear Posture Review, a weapon Congress must authorize before the agency can start building it. The Donald Trump administration made the funding request official Friday in proposed amendments to the […]

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Feinstein Won’t Vote for DoE Budget That Includes B83 Bomb

The ranking Democrat on the Senate panel that writes the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) annual funding bill said Wednesday she would not vote for a budget that keeps the B83 nuclear gravity bomb in service. Meanwhile, New Mexico’s senior senator laid into the Energy Department subagency’s top official about plans to move production of […]

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NNSA Talked With LANL Bidders Last Week

Organizations bidding to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory met with National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials last week, marking one of the final steps in the competition for a 10-year, $20-billion-plus management and operations contract. The meetings in Washington, D.C., between government officials and an undisclosed number of bid teams keep the Department of […]

DoE, DoD Officials Won’t Talk Timeline on NNSA

In separate congressional hearings here Tuesday, senior Energy and Defense officials declined to pin down the date at which the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) might start modifying an existing warhead to create the low-yield, submarine-launched weapon sought by the Trump administration. The Pentagon has already requested 2019 funding to start work on upgrades for the […]

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Perry, Gordon-Hagerty Again Due on Capitol Hill for Budget Hearings

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), are due to testify in Congress this week in separate budget hearings. It will be the second public trip to Capitol Hill in as many weeks for both officials. Gordon-Hagerty will be first to face lawmakers this week. The new […]

Senate Appropriations Chair Cochran to Retire in April Due to Ailing Health

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and huge advocate for shipbuilding, will retire April 1 due to ailing health, the 81 year-old lawmaker said Monday. “I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge,” Cochran wrote in a press release that hit the wires late Monday. “I intend to fulfill […]