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DoE Laying Off 500 at Plutonium Conversion Plant

The prime contractor for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility will lay off roughly a third of its workforce in early January, according to federally required layoff notices filed Nov. 8, two days after the U.S. midterm elections.  CB&I Project Services, now part of McDermott and a subcontractor-owner of Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) prime […]

Welding Mistake With Columbia Missile Tubes Was Bigger Problem Than BWXT Thought

Botching welds on 12 missile tubes for the Columbia-class submarine earlier this year proved a costly mistake for BWX Technologies [BWXT], which on Wednesday said the problems with its welding program in Indiana were more complicated than first thought. On a conference call with investors, BWX Technologies said its Nuclear Operations Group took a $40 […]

GD Electric Boat Tightening Oversight on Vendor That Botched Columbia Missile Tubes

General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat brought the hammer down on the supplier that botched a weld job this year on 12 missile tubes intended for the Columbia-class submarine, the president of the submarine prime said here Wednesday. However, the extent of the consequences for vendor BWX Technologies [BWXT] — and any effect on the boat’s delivery schedule — was […]

Dems’ House Victory Paints Target on Nuclear Modernization and Low-Yield Warhead

Having won control of the House of Representatives for the upcoming 116th Congress, Democrats are likely to heighten scrutiny of the nuclear arsenal modernization regime and paint a big target on the back of the low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile authorized this year. In the past few months, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), likely chair of the House Armed […]

Freewheeling Science Committee Fixture Rohrabacher Loses Reelection Bid

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (D-Calif.) dead-on Ronald Reagan impersonation will ring no more in the halls of the Rayburn Office building in Washington. The 15-term Congressman — a cold warrior, russophile, Science Committee stalwart, and skeptic of NASA’s planned Space Launch System — lost his reelection bid Tuesday night. The 71 year-old Rohrabacher lost California’s 48th […]

Naval Reactors Head to Speak Wednesday at Sub Conference

The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s naval reactors program, steward of the heavy-industry programs that provide nuclear propulsion systems for the Navy, is scheduled to speak Wednesday to industry and press just outside Washington, D.C., at the 36th annual Naval Submarine League conference. Adm. James Caldwell is on the slate for a half-hour […]

Democrats Could Force Big Nuclear Modernization Debate, If They Take the House

A Democratic House with a Democratic Armed Services Committee chairman who is openly skeptical of the established nuclear modernization program is perhaps the most plausible consequence of the 2018 midterm elections for those who watch the National Nuclear Security Administration. Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) are not in particularly competitive races. In […]

Study of Nuclear, Sea-Launched Cruise Missile To Begin in FY 2020

The Department of Energy and the Pentagon could be studying a new nuclear-armed, sea-launched cruise missile by this time next year, the Energy Department’s semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said this week in an annual report on its nuclear-weapon programs. The Trump administration called on DoE to research the weapon in the Nuclear Posture […]

New Contractor to Take Over Main U.S. Nuke Lab Thursday

Triad National Security is set on Thursday to take over management of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, ending a decade-long experiment in running the nation’s oldest nuclear weapons laboratory as a for-profit business. The transition was still on track for Thursday, Triad and Department of energy spokespersons wrote in emails Wednesday. The […]