B&W Pantex volunteers dish up barbecue at the recent Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Good Times Celebration and Barbecue Cookoff. For more than a decade, Pantex has been a leading contributor at the event, which is the Chamber’s largest fundraising event of the year. Pantex firefighters cooked up more than 500 pounds of meat for the cookoff.
National Security Technologies LLC, (NSTec) the management and operating contractor for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, has provided more than $2 million over the past five years to scholarships and grants in support of science, technology, engineering and math in southern Nevada and across the country.
From partnerships with at-risk elementary and middle schools, to internships and programs at the collegiate level, the site is reaching out to students to ensure that the future’s workforce gains much-needed experience in support of national security. Such efforts also help the state of Nevada retain talent. NNSS contributes to more than 3,400 jobs and an economic impact in the state of approximately $1.5 billion annually.
Members of the 2013 NNSA Defense Programs Science Council include, from left to right, Steven Trujillo from Sandia National Laboratories, Cris Barnes from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Steven Wyrick from the Savannah River National Laboratory, who represents NNSA's production sites, Ronald Streit from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Kathleen Alexander from NNSA headquarters who serves as chairperson of the council.
The Science Council was re-established in 2010 by Deputy Administrator of Defense Programs, Don Cook, to investigate and explore cross-cutting science, technology and engineering issues and opportunities that have an impact across NNSA. The Science Council supports the NNSA’s Defense Programs in a wide range of areas including promoting the best science and technology throughout the enterprise, analyzing stockpile planning and hedge strategies, and communications such as support to the NNSA Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan development. In addition, the Science Council also supports the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Office of Counterintelligence, DoD and other federal agencies in areas aligned to Defense Programs interests. The Science Council has representatives from each of the three NNSA national security laboratories and one person representing the production sites.
NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations recently hosted Illinois emergency responders during an Aerial Measuring System (AMS) Technical Exchange meeting at NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) in Las Vegas, Nev.
The technical exchange consisted of sharing information regarding techniques, processes, systems, capabilities and data analysis for aerial radiological measuring. As part of the exchange, AMS flights were conducted in the Las Vegas area and at the Nevada National Security Site.
The Illinois AMS Technical Exchange involved the state’s Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Transportation representatives exchanging information with members of the NNSA AMS and Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) teams. The primary goal was to discuss how the state and federal emergency response units can effectively collaborate when responding to nuclear/radiological events.
The exchange was part of NNSA’s ongoing emergency preparedness and response outreach. NNSA currently collaborates with multiple domestic and international organizations on projects to improve emergency preparedness and response programs, as well as on activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.