Archive: Nuclear

Appeals Court Paves Path to Convert DoE Facility in South Carolina for Weapons Work

A federal appeals court on Tuesday effectively cleared the Department of Energy to cancel construction of a controversial plutonium disposal plant under construction in South Carolina. The decision, which followed oral arguments before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in late September, could result in the eventual loss of some 2,000 jobs at MOX […]

Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO)-28 test launches two Trident II D5 missiles from the USS Nebraska off the coast of southern California. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Lockheed Martin Wins Hundreds Of Millions In Trident II Mods

Lockheed Martin [LMT] won hundreds of millions in U.S. Navy contract modifications for work on new procurement of Trident II (D5) submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) on Sept. 28. The Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs awarded the company a $333 million cost-plus-incentive-fee cost-plus-fixed-fee modification for new procurement of Trident II deployed systems support. The work will largely […]

HASC Chair Has Not Planned Hearing on Bill to Ban Low-Yield Warhead

The House Armed Services Committee so far does not plan a hearing on a Democrat-sponsored bill to ban development of a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday. In a press gaggle with Capitol Hill reporters, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the House would soon recess until the Nov. 6 midterm elections, […]

Senate Confirms White House Pick for Senior DoE Weapons Post

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Charles Verdon as the deputy administrator for defense programs in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Verdon, most recently principal associate director at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate, got the thumbs-up nearly seven months after President Trump nominated him for the top National […]

Dems Bill Would Ban Already-Funded Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead

Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday unveiled legislative language that would ban research, development, manufacturing, and fielding of the planned low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic-missile warhead for which Congress approved $65 million in funding during the fiscal year that begins in 13 days. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sponsored the House bill, with co-sponsors Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), […]

Nuke Missiles Win Bigger Budget Boosts in Compromise DoD Spending Bill

The House and Senate this week sent a multiagency spending bill to President Trump’s desk that boosts the Department of Energy’s budget for nuclear warhead modernization, and reached a compromise on a separate spending bill that would accelerate development of the missiles that will carry those weapons. Congress overwhelmingly approved the warhead funding as part of […]

Proposed Civilian Nuke Budget Cements Funding for Low-Yield Warhead and Infrastructure Repairs

Congress’ final 2019 budget bill for the National Nuclear Security Administration, unveiled in detail Tuesday, would increase funding for maintenance and cleanup to buildings across the nuclear weapons complex, decrease funding for a controversial plutonium-disposal project and provide funding for the first time to make a low-yield, submarine-launched, ballistic-missile warhead. The House and Senate are […]

Top HASC Dem Says U.S. Wants to Buy Too Many New ICBMs

The U.S. does not need as many intercontinental ballistic missiles as the Air Force plans to build, and Congress should take another look at a low-yield warhead lawmakers just approved, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said on Wednesday. “I think we have too many ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles], absolutely,” Rep. Adam […]