Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, toured Y-12's analytical chemistry labs during a visit to Y-12 National Security Complex yesterday.
Y-12's analytical chemistry work is highly technical and essential for worker safety, the nation's nuclear deterrent, and global nuclear nonproliferation efforts.
Cook toured Building 9995 to see Y-12's analytical chemistry capabilities first-hand. The building dates to the 1940s and has been expanded and retrofitted for its current work. Cook also discussed how a portion of the lab's function will be re-established in less space with new equipment in the new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF).
Plant Lab Manager Tom Oatts, at right, discusses lab operations with (from left) Steve Goodrum, NNSA's assistant deputy administrator for Stockpile Management; John Gertsen, B&W vice president of UPF programs; Dan Hoag, acting Y-12 site manager; and Cook.
The first four racks of NNSA’s Sequoia Supercomputer have arrived at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Sequoia, a 20 petaflops (quadrillion floating operations per second) system based on BlueGene technology, will help continue to ensure the safety and reliability of the nation's aging nuclear deterrent. Sequoia will also help maintain U.S. leadership in high performance computing, promote scientific discovery and advance President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.
Deliveries of the system will continue through April 2012. Integration will take place in phases with final acceptance of the 96-rack system scheduled for September 2012.
By fall Sequoia is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer in the world and will be approximately twice as fast as today's most powerful system. To put this into perspective, if each of the 6.7 billion people on earth had a hand calculator and worked together on a calculation 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, it would take 320 years to do what Sequoia will do in one hour.
Robert “Dino” Herrera has been named acting deputy manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Site Office, replacing Dan Hoag who has been named Acting YSO manager. His assignment to YSO was effective Jan. 4, 2012.
Herrera has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2006 with managerial experience at NNSA Headquarters, Sandia Site Office, Los Alamos Site Office, and the Albuquerque Operations Office.
In his permanent assignment, Herrera serves as the deputy associate deputy administrator, Office of Infrastructure and Construction in Defense Programs. In this role, Herrera provides executive support to the Associate Deputy Administrator in directing the management of designated programs for the operations and maintenance of select NNSA facilities.
Before joining NNSA, Herrera was a resident engineer (head of construction office) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). His USACE duty stations included King Khalid Military City, Saudi Arabia, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Carlsbad, N.M.
An appreciation party was held last night for Ted Sherry, who has retired as Site Office Manager for Y-12. Ted was recognized for his work at Y-12 and commitment to federal service. The event was sponsored by the East Tennessee Economic Council, the Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association, and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. To see the pictures from last night’s event click here:
Ted Bowyer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Bowyer is an internationally recognized expert in nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear physics, specifically the detection of extremely low level airborne radioactive emissions that are definitive signatures for nuclear explosions.
At PNNL, he manages the Nuclear Explosion Monitoring and Policy program for NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development. In addition to performing fundamental and applied research in the development of systems to detect signs of proliferation, Bowyer has served as a scientific advisor on issues related to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. He also has served as an advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.S. State Department, National Academy of Sciences, and at the Conference on Disarmament.
Bowyer is a recipient of the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for the design of the NNSA-funded Automated Radioxenon Sampler-Analyzer, which detects nuclear detonations by analyzing the atmosphere for traces of radioactive material that seeps from underground nuclear explosions.
Bowyer and others will be honored at a ceremony in February at the AAAS annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
With the holiday season upon us, I hope you will be able to spend time with the people that make your life happier and more meaningful. Whether it’s an office get-together or family gathering, this is a special time for being with loved ones, family, and friends.
This is also a time of year that inspires us to look back on what we have accomplished together. Each day I’m impressed and humbled by the work you do for our country. The dedication you show to implementing the President’s nuclear security agenda and keeping the American people safe is unmatched, and you have my deepest gratitude for the professionalism and thoughtfulness with which you do it.
This year brought some of the most complex issues we have ever faced. From our response in Japan to the dismantlement of the last B53, you rose to the challenges that came our way and proved once again that NNSA has one of the most talented and diligent workforces in the Federal government. I know that 2012 will bring more even more opportunities for us to achieve great things together.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to remind you that the deadline for the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign is quickly approaching. If you would like to participate, it’s not too late. NNSA regularly has one of the highest participation rates in the Federal government, and the dedication you have shown to your work has been surpassed only by your dedication to helping those in need.
Neile and I wish each of you a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and look forward to the work we will do together in 2012.
NNSA celebrates the contributions of the men and women working across the nuclear security enterprise who have given back to their communities during this holiday season.
Employees have found countless ways to make this holiday season more cheerful by collecting food, shoes, and coats, or by lending a helping hand to the less fortunate in their communities. NNSA employees have also participated in various charitable campaigns that help families in their local communities.
NNSA Giving Highlights Include:
NNSA Defense Programs recently collected items for the Toys for Tots program. Nearly 20 large boxes of new and unwrapped toys were collected from throughout Forrestal Building. Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for NNSA’s Defense Programs, presented the toys to the Marines at the annual Defense Programs holiday party. Dr. Cook thanked everyone who participated in the program and commended the Marines for their continued service to the nation and for their commitment in providing toys to children who might not have otherwise receive toys during the holiday season.
Since 1947, the Toys for Tots program through the U.S. Marine Corps has distributed more than 420 million toys to more than 196 million underprivileged children. In 2010, Marines distributed toys to more than 7.2 million children.
A National Criticality Experiments Research Center (NCERC) historical milepost was accomplished on schedule and safely when Flattop was successfully started up at the Nevada National Security Site. Flattop is the third of four critical assembly machines operated as part of NCERC to be brought online. Activities are ongoing to startup the last machine, Godiva, in 2012. These machines (Comet, Planet, Flattop and Godiva) operated by the NNSA led DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program will be used to train personnel on criticality safety and conduct various experiments providing precise nuclear data for Nuclear Counter Terrorism, Stockpile Stewardship, and criticality safety.
When Administrator D’Agostino extended the challenge to build a single, integrated enterprise through the OneNNSA initiative, we laid out an aggressive plan to update and leverage the existing information technology (IT) infrastructure. This strategy consists of three pillars that when functioning together will create an advanced, secure and agile network.
The first of these three strategic pillars is the NNSA Network Vision (2NV). 2NV will modernize the current environment by providing a secure, mobile and adaptive IT infrastructure allowing the workforce to perform their duties from any device at any time. 2NV will remove barriers to collaboration, connect employees, and appeal to future employees within the Nuclear Security Enterprise.
As its own pillar, 2NV offers three new facets: OneVoice, YourCloud, and the OneNNSA Network. Here is a breakdown of features each will provide:
We’re already making strides in delivering these capabilities to the NNSA. This project is set to wrap in late 2012 and will lead the way to a secure and mobile IT infrastructure. Stay tuned for updates and more information about OneVoice, powered by YourCloud, on the OneNNSA Network.