Archive: Nuclear

Senate Could Clear DoE to Start Developing New Nukes Without Congressional Clearance

The Department of Energy could be allowed to develop new nuclear warheads, or modify existing ones, without permission from Congress, after the Senate on Thursday defeated an amendment to its 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The version of the defense policy bill pending before the Senate would still authorize $65 million in 2019 spending […]

Trident II missile being deployed. Photo: DoD.

Reed Vows NDAA Amendment to Keep Congress in Loop on New Warhead Development

Besides backing a new low-yield warhead and at least one more year of building a plutonium disposal plant, the Senate Armed Services Committee is pressing the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to exchange some weapons personnel with the Pentagon, in a bid to improve relations between the government’s major nuclear weapons agencies. That is according […]

Senate Appropriators Want to Keep Interoperable Warhead

Senate appropriators favor continuing sustaining an Obama-era program to create a so-called interoperable nuclear warhead that could fly on future Air Force and Navy missiles — a program their House counterparts have proposed canceling. That is according to the detailed bill report accompanying the fiscal 2019 energy and water bill the Senate Appropriations Committee approved […]

UT Needs Extra $7 Million to Take Over LANL, if It Wins the Contract

A leaked report from a nominally independent office within the National Nuclear Security Administration offers a trove of new details about the cost estimate for a plan the agency must sell to Congress to start producing nuclear-warhead cores in South Carolina. Last week, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said he would officially cancel the Mixed Oxide […]

House Panel’s 2019 NNSA Budget Cans Interoperable Warhead, Jump-Starts LANL Pits

A draft 2019 budget bill up for a vote in the House today would steer the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) away from creating a nuclear warhead that could fly on both Navy and Air Force missiles, and jump-start construction of a new warhead-core factory at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. That […]

House Subcommittee Passes 2019 DoE Budget Bill; Full Committee Markup TBD

The House Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee approved a roughly $36 billion Department of Energy budget bill Monday, which heads to the full committee for a markup that had not been scheduled at deadline for sister publication Weapons Complex Morning Briefing. The Department of Energy (DoE) would receive a 5-percent budget raise overall from 2018, […]

Head of BWXT Nuclear Operations Group Leaving After June; Head Lawyer Also to Depart

Joseph Henry, president and chief operating officer of BWX Technologies’ Nuclear Operations Group, will retire June 30, the company disclosed Monday in a regulatory filing. It was not immediately clear who would succeed the retired Navy admiral at the helm of the Lynchburg, Va.-based company’s nuclear manufacturing and fuel-enrichment business. “We will announce [Henry’s] successor […]


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 […]

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

Projected NNSA Budgets Can Handle Low-Yield Warhead, DoE Officials Tell Congress

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) both assured Congress last week that the two new low-yield warheads called for in the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review can fit in projected agency budgets. Perry and NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty faced the same question Thursday on separate sides of […]