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Nuclear Weapons Council Plans Spring Field Trips to ‘Key’ NNSA Facilities

To help hash out military requirements for two new low-yield nuclear warheads called for in the Trump administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review, the bi-agency Nuclear Weapons Council is planning a series of road trips to key Department of Energy nuclear weapons labs and production facilities this spring, a senior Pentagon official said here Thursday. “I’m […]


LANL Weapons Chief Lobbies for Plutonium Pit Mission

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has the technical and safety chops both to manufacture plutonium pits and to lead new research on the nuclear-weapon cores, the head of the lab’s weapons program said Wednesday amid an intensifying turf war over the Department of Energy’s plutonium mission. “Something that I’ve heard a lot talking with […]

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‘W76 Mod 2’ Would Be NNSA’s New Low-Yield Sub-Launched Warhead

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) could turn the existing W76 warhead into the low-yield submarine-launched weapon requested by the Donald Trump administration by dialing back its explosive yield, according to the acting head of the Department of Energy weapons agency.”A low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead capability, deemed the W76 Mod 2, will be […]

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LANL Director ‘Confident’ Lab Can Handle Low-Yield Warhead

The director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory said Tuesday he is “confident” the Northern New Mexico nuclear weapons site could help create the low-yield nuclear warheads the Trump administration requested in the Nuclear Posture Review released in early February.“Again, I go out on a branch, but I know from our nuclear weapons experts if […]

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DHS Meets With State Officials, Private Sector On Election Cyber Threats

Department of Homeland Security officials held a series of meetings last week as part of an effort to improve engagement on defending election infrastructure from cyber threats ahead of the 2018 midterms, including formally establishing a new private sector information sharing council. Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS secretary, led four days of briefings and discussions with election […]

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White House Blames Russian Military For NotPetya Global Cyber Attack

After months of conducting its due diligence, the U.S. government on Thursday attributed Russia’s military with a cyber-attack last summer that masqueraded as ransomware but in reality was meant to wipe clean infected computers worldwide and ended up costing companies and organizations billions of dollars in damage. The White House press office issued a statement […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. Photo: Coast Guard

Navy Issues Notice For Potential Acquisition Of Three Heavy Icebreakers

The Naval Sea Systems Command on Wednesday issued an advance notice advertising the forthcoming release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to three heavy polar icebreakers. The icebreakers will be for the Coast Guard, which is asking Congress for $720 million in the FY ’19 budget request for construction of the first new […]

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DHS Launches Effort To Identify Supply Chain Risks In Government And Industry

Working with partners in government and industry, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has initiated an assessment of potential supply chain risks facing federal civilian agencies in their procurements and is also working with industry to understand these risks, a department official said on Wednesday. The initiative began this year and is in the early […]

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Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Trump’s NNSA Nominee

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Lisa Gordon-Hagerty to be the full-time administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). President Donald Trump nominated Gordon-Hagerty, a current government consultant and former civil servant, on Dec. 19. If confirmed by the full Senate, she would be the first woman and the fifth person […]

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White House Requests 20 Percent Increase for NNSA Weapons Programs in FY ’19

The Trump administration on Monday proposed what would amount to a $2-billion-a-year raise for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) — a roughly $15-billion fiscal 2019 budget request that would accelerate existing nuclear-warhead refurbishment programs and consider making warhead cores somewhere other than New Mexico. The Department of Energy’s fiscal 2019 budget request also continues […]