Archive: Nuclear Modernization

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 […]

Air Force’s B-21 Bomber Passes Critical Design Review

The Air Force successfully held a critical design review for the weapon system of its next-generation nuclear-capable bomber, completing a multi-faceted technical review that further paves the way for manufacturing and flight tests. The B-21 weapon system critical design review (CDR) took place Nov. 28-30, the service said in a Dec. 10 release. The B-21 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]