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Low-Yield Warhead Details Due in ’19 Budget, But Big NNSA Infrastructure Plans Will Wait a Year

Cost and schedule details about a proposed low-yield warhead for submarine-launched ballistic cruise missiles will appear in the White House’s fiscal 2019 budget requests later this month, but details about planned improvements to the Department of Energy’s nuclear-weapons complex will not be published until next year, the agency’s top nuclear official said Friday. The Trump […]

Remote Video Surveillance System sensor suite atop a monopole. Photo: General Dynamics

General Dynamics Completes Pilot Of Transportable Border Security System In Texas

General Dynamics [GD] has successfully completed a pilot testing and an initial deployment in South Texas of a border security surveillance system designed to shift with evolving illegal cross-border activity. GD said six of its Relocatable-Remote Video Surveillance Systems (RVSS) have been deployed in Laredo and McAllen, Texas, with additional deployments planned in South Texas […]

L3's ProVision 2 Advanced Imaging Technology people scanner is deployed at airport checkpoints worldwide. Photo: L3 Technologies

GD Protests TSA Award To Unisys

General Dynamics [GD] earlier this month filed a protest in federal court over a potential five-year $250 million contract the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) awarded to Unisys Corp. [UIS] in November for a program that integrates the agency’s security equipment at U.S. airports. GD first protested the award of the Domain Awareness Integrated Network (DOMAIN) […]


UC And Team ‘Deserve’ Next LANL Contract With Their ‘Clever’ Bid, Regent Says

The University of California and its mystery teammates have submitted a “clever” bid to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the next 10 years, the regent in charge of the institution’s national lab activities said in a public meeting late last Wednesday. “We do have the most excellent bid,” Ellen Tauscher, the incoming […]

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Final Nuke Posture Review Coming in Early February, Pentagon Spox Says

The final version of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review will arrive in early February, the Pentagon said Thursday. Dana White, the chief Department of Defense spokesperson, firmed up the date for the official release in a Pentagon briefing with the press. The long-awaited review, which leaked out in draft form earlier in January, will […]

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NNSA Policy Boss Takes Charge Temporarily as Trump Nominee Waits for Senate Hearing

Steven Erhart has been selected as the acting administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration, leapfrogging the semi-autonomous Department of Energy branch’s highest-ranking career civil servant at the helm until the Senate confirms the White House’s administrator-designate. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced the move Jan. 19 at the bottom of a press release […]


Nuke Wonks See Easy NNSA Path to Low-Yield Sub Warhead

The National Nuclear Security Administration could probably whip up a new low-yield warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles in “a couple years,” but doing so would slow ongoing programs to extend the life of current U.S. warheads, a former National Security Council official said Tuesday. “That’s something that the laboratories probably effectuate in a relatively short […]

Under a $578 million contract with the TSA, Peraton will help sustain security equipment, such as Advanced Technology X-Ray systems supplied by Rapiscan Systems to screen carry-on bags at U.S. airports. Photo: Rapiscan Systems

Leidos Withdraws Protest Of TSA Award To Peraton

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week lifted a stop work order it had placed on Peraton last October pending the outcome of a protest by Leidos [LDOS] of a potential $578 million contract the agency awarded Peraton for support of transportation security equipment at airports nationwide. Leidos, which was the incumbent on the contract, […]