Don Cook, deputy administrator for Defense Programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Oct. 31 to address the staff in an all hands presentation and to present NNSA's Defense Programs Awards of Excellence.
"When I was here in 2012, I had some fairly sharp critiques to offer. When I came here in June, there had been great progress, and I'm seeing that again," Cook said. "I am very upbeat about the performance of this team at Livermore, and your role in the weapons program. The rate of change is good and there is a bright future."
Cook discussed a variety of topics, including the current state of the weapons program and current projects in that area; recent results at the National Ignition Facility, in areas such as strength, equation of state, X-ray scattering and compression of diamond; Livermore's leadership in additive manufacturing; and the current environment in Washington. D.C.
He offered both praise and encouragement to the gathered employees, telling the crowd that while much progress has been made, more remains.
"Some assembly is required," Cook said. "You have many of the pieces. My challenge to you is to really put them together."
After concluding his remarks, Cook honored 11 teams of Lab researchers and engineers with Defense Programs Awards of Excellence for work performed in 2013.
Congratulations to Shelley Turner, NNSA Deputy General Counsel, for being named 2014 Woman of the Year by National IMAGE Inc., a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on empowering Hispanics through leadership development.
Turner's award comes after more than 15 years of devoted service to the organization, volunteering in various capacities - including serving as the parliamentarian for the past 6 years. Turner attributes the ability to devote her time and energy in volunteer service to National IMAGE over the past several years to the whole-hearted support of the NNSA and the Office of the General Counsel.
In celebration of National Nuclear Science Week, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employees worked with the University of South Carolina-Aiken's Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and the SRS Community Reuse Organization's Nuclear Workforce Initiative to share the fun side of science with area students.
Employees led area middle and high school students in a "Journey to the Center of the Atom," guiding them as they explored atomic structure and assembled an Isotope Discovery Kit. National Nuclear Science Week is celebrated annually across the country to encourage and bring awareness of nuclear technology and the many careers available within nuclear technology and other high-tech industries.
Rear Admiral Joseph J. Krol, United States Navy (Ret) and Associate Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Emergency Operations, recently retired after over 40 years of dedicated Federal Service. As part of the nuclear security enterprise, Admiral Krol has lead emergency management efforts across the Department of Energy’s (DOE) complex since 2004 and has made significant contributions to the national security mission of the NNSA, the DOE, and the Nation.
DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.) presented the NNSA Distinguished Service Gold Medal Award during Admiral Krol’s retirement ceremony. The medal is the highest award granted by the NNSA, and recognizes Admiral Krol’s exemplary dedication and leadership of the Office of Emergency Operations.
NNSA’s Consequence Management Team today participated in the second nationwide RadResponder drill during a regional tabletop exercise simulating an improvised nuclear device (IND) at the 45th annual New England Radiological Health Conference. The RadResponder Network is a FEMA-sponsored cloud-based radiation data collection system, based on NNSA-developed technology, which provides federal, state, local, tribal and territorial response teams and leadership with a standardized service for managing, organizing, analyzing and mapping radiation data.
Participants across the country were able to see the progress live throughout the day. Periodic situation briefings were led by the DOE’s Consequence Management Home Team while analyzing RadResponder data and generating data products summarizing measurements collected in the IND-affected area as well as across the country.
At a time when middle school students are often apathetic toward science and learning, students in Kansas City are excited to learn about science and technology at the local Blue River.
The National Security Campus has partnered with the T.R.U.E. Blue (Teaching Rivers in an Urban Environment) program to help local students make the connection between science and the environment. In October, NSC employees volunteered their time to help students perform tests and monitor stream conditions. Students went to the river to collect samples, record the data, and learn how to conduct a site survey. Using the collected data, classes are encouraged to plan and implement water quality improvement projects.
The first flight and drop tests for the latest variant of the W88 nuclear warhead are providing data for Sandia National Laboratories to validate designs, improve computer modeling and update component specifications.
The two successful tests, which were conducted this summer, provide data for the program, the W88 ALT 370 (alteration), to move forward, The Critical Radar Arming and Fuzing Test (CRAFT) was the first flight test of a prototype radar for the W88 ALT 370. CRAFT demonstrated how the radar performed during re-entry through plasma generated by the hypersonic speeds at which the warhead travels.
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Sandia performed a drop test for the W88 ALT 370 program, designed to replicate a crane accidentally dropping the re-entry body onto a concrete surface. The test was conducted at Sandia’s 185-foot Drop Tower Facility, using the same handling gear a crane would use to move the weapon.
As of today, NNSA has collected slightly more than 21 percent of its goal of $174,000 for this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). With seven weeks remaining before the campaign closes on Dec. 15, 2014, everyone is encouraged to join those who have become a “Super Hero” and help push NNSA over its goal.
Contributions can go to any of more than 20,000 tax-exempt organizations. Each individual can choose the recipients or make a general contribution. Organizations represent such diverse fields as medical research, education, environment, recreation and sports, civil rights and science and technology. By working collectively, the campaign can lower administrative costs and may give greater direct benefit to these member organizations.
Each of us may know friends, colleagues or family members who have directly benefited from medical or technological breakthroughs, enabled by charitable contributions. Consider, that any one of us may join that group at some future date, if not already a direct beneficiary. Whether your contribution goes directly toward helping those in need of basic sustenance or to enabling future scientific breakthroughs or educational and environmental advances, you make those choices. Together, all of these CFC contributions strengthen our social fabric and national well-being, benefiting ourselves and our families, as well as our friends, colleagues and communities.
Online processes allow employees to locate and contribute to organizations that meet your interests or for things that matter most to you. Everyone is encouraged to make use of the CFC as an efficient, tax-deductible mechanism for contributing to those causes. Key Workers can be contacted for assistance if needed.
The Alarm Response Training Academy officially celebrated its new location at the Y-12 National Security Complex today. On hand to cut the ribbon were (from left) Teresa Robbins, NNSA Production Office Acting Assistant Manager for Environment, Safety, Health and Quality; Anne Harrington, NNSA Deputy Administrator, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation; and Morgan Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Nuclear Security.
The free course taught at Y-12’s ART facility provides an opportunity for security forces, health and safety personnel, law enforcement officials and other responsible parties to develop, discuss and exercise their own tactics, techniques, procedures and protocols when responding to a theft and/or sabotage event involving risk-significant nuclear and radiological materials.
Gen. Frank Klotz, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, thanked the men and women at Pantex who helped reach the halfway point in the production phase of the W76-1 warhead Life Extension Program.
Klotz also highlighted NNSA’s commitment to meeting the U.S. Navy’s requirements for the W76-1.
The primary goals of the W76-1 Life Extension Program are to extend the original warhead service life from 20 to 60 year and address aging issues.
The W76-1 Life Extension Program involves engineers, scientists and technicians from Pantex, Y-12, Savannah River Site, National Security Campus, Los Alamos Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.
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Gen. Frank Klotz, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, and Administrator, NNSA U.S. Department of Energy, participated in the W76-1 Halfway Celebration at Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. The General helped other Pantex senior managers hand out ice cream treats to thank all Pantex employees for their work to support the W76-1 LEP.
Gen. Frank Klotz, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, and Administrator, NNSA U.S. Department of Energy, spoke with Amarillo elected officials and business leaders about Pantex Plant’s ongoing nuclear security mission.