Archive: Nuclear

DNFSB Plans Major Reorganization

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) said last Wednesday it will open two new field offices and cut its Washington workforce by almost half as part of a major reorganization scheduled to start in October. The changes will be effective Oct. 1, according to a press release from the independent federal agency that monitors health and safety […]

White House Aims To Fill Long-Vacant No. 2 Position At NNSA

The White House on Friday announced the anticipated nominee to fill the number two slot at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which has been vacant throughout the Trump administration. Longtime Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory senior physicist William Bookless would take over as NNSA principal deputy administrator upon Senate confirmation, according to […]

Rex Geveden, CEO of BWX  Technologies. Credit: BWX Technologies

BWXT Chief Doesn’t Foresee Earnings Hit Over Botched Missile Tubes

Botched welding jobs on 12 missile tubes for the Navy’s next-generation ballistic-missile submarine should not materially affect tube-vendor BWX Technologies’ [BWXT] bottom line this year, the company’s chief executive said Tuesday. However, it is “too early to tell” whether the gaffe will prevent BWX Technologies (BWXT) from winning more business with the Navy’s Columbia-class submarine […]

President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INR) Treaty at a summit in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8, 1987. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)

Top Nuke Targeting Officer Says U.S. At ‘Disadvantage’ Without Multilateral Nuke Reduction Treaty

OMAHA, Neb. — The United States could be at a strategic disadvantage without a multilateral nuclear arms-reduction treaty, the Navy admiral in charge of setting targets for U.S. nuclear weapons said here Wednesday. “The INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty] is a great system between us and Russia to limit forces within a certain range,” Rear […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: Dan Leone.

STRATCOM Commander Says NNSA Must Resolve Pit Problems By Year’s End

OMAHA, Neb. — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) may not be able to produce 80 nuclear-warhead cores a year by 2030 unless by the end of this year it solves some of the issues preventing it from converting an unfinished plutonium disposal plant in South Carolina into a weapons facility, the commander of U.S. […]

Unified NDAA Calls On Pentagon to Accelerate LRSO and GBSD

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which the House could vote on Thursday, calls on the Pentagon to speed up modernization of the nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic-missile fleet and air-launched cruise missiles. The unified National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) picked up House language requiring the Pentagon to find some way of speeding up the programs. The […]

Congress Releases DoE Nuke Details in NDAA Ahead of Thursday Vote

The House could vote Thursday morning on a compromise defense spending bill that would allow the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to build a new low-yield nuclear warhead in fiscal 2019. If the House approves the conference report for the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Senate would have to follow suit before President […]

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Returning Nuke Weapons Lab to Non-Profit Structure Key in Big Contract Win, Incoming Management Partner Says

Excising the profit-seeking mindset from the Los Alamos National Laboratory was key to keeping the University of California on the storied nuclear-weapons lab’s management team, an executive with the massive public university system said Wednesday. After about a dozen years under the for-profit Los Alamos National Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in June […]

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Fluor Taking Over Naval Nuclear Laboratory Oct. 1 Under Huge Contracts

Fluor Marine Propulsion, of Arlington, Va., on Thursday won major nuclear-warship support contracts, worth up to a combined total of  roughly $30 billion over 10 years, from the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Navy. Fluor Marine Propulsion will take over Oct. 1 from incumbent Nuclear Naval Laboratory contractor Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp., the NNSA […]

Hyten to Tour DoE Nuclear Site in South Carolina Thursday

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command and effectively customer-in-chief for the nuclear weapons maintained by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), is scheduled on Thursday to tour the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Hyten was set to tour the site’s tritium facilities, which process a crucial hydrogen isotope that magnifies […]