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Ted Sherry
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:

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Jan 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Ted BowyerTed 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.

 

Jan 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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.

Dec 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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:

Dec 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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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.

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Dec 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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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.

 

 

Dec 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

computer screensWhen 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:

OneVoice

  • Provides a unified communications stack allowing Web and desktop video conferencing, instant messaging, voice and email from one unified client
  • Supports President Obama’s Nov. 8 Executive Order to implement agency-wide collaboration tools reducing costs
  • Offers one of the first ever government social networks

YourCloud

  • Expedites the procurement, installation and configuration time of a server from 30-90 days to 30 minutes
  • Transitions to an expense model for data centers/servers
  • Leverages the General Services Administration FedRAMP IaaS contract vehicle to protect future IT budgets

OneNNSA Network

  • Establishes point-to-point Virtual Private Network for network edge between all the site locations and the Federal cloud
  • Lays a secure, solid foundation for future enterprise solutions
  • Provides a flexible, agile architecture to provide information security
  • Enables work from anywhere across Nuclear Security Enterprise


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.

Dec 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

 

FOX News dropped by the Pantex Plant to see how our Protective Forces train to keep everything safe and secure. It's a really interesting look inside that you don't typically get to see.

Dec 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

IAEA Copper Seal  (Photo credit:  International Atomic Energy Agency)

IAEA Copper Seal  (Photo credit:  International Atomic Energy Agency)

A crucial part of the mission of NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security (NIS) is to support the development of cutting-edge nuclear safeguards technologies, a necessary component of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) ability to verify of countries’ declarations about nuclear material and their related activities .  The  IAEA works to increase international confidence in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which President Obama has referred to as, “the cornerstone of the world’s efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.”

Recently, the IAEA organized a workshop on Sealing, Containment and Authentication Technologies, held in Vienna, Austria from November 9-11, 2011.  The workshop’s goal was to identify technologies that could be used in nuclear facilities to monitor doors and gates guarding nuclear material and activities, protect cabinets and equipment from unauthorized access, perform remote monitoring and tamper detection, and track container shipments worldwide.    A photo of an existing IAEA seal technology is shown here.

The workshop hosted a team of independent and international experts to identify developing and existing commercial products that may be valuable to meet these challenges.  DOE national laboratories, with support from NIS and the U.S. Support Program for IAEA Safeguards, participated and provided technology concepts and expert reviewers for the workshop. The review team selected several promising technologies for the IAEA’s consideration for further testing and evaluation.

Through this and other efforts, NIS is applying its unique technical and policy expertise to achieve the President’s vision of reducing nuclear dangers and creating a world without nuclear weapons.

Dec 16, 2011 at 1:00 am

DisruptorThe Association of University Research Parks presented its 2011 Innovation Award to the small, minority-owned business TEAM Technologies Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., for commercialization of a Sandia National Laboratories technology that uses water to disable improvised explosive devices.

The technology — TEAM licensed it as “Stingray” — was invented by Steve Todd and Juan Carlos Jakaboski, both Sandia employees, and Chance Hughs, a former Sandia employee. The device, which shoots a thin blade of water capable of penetrating steel, is placed near a suspected bomb or package and shreds or punches a hole in it before it detonates.

The device is small enough to be carried in a soldier’s backpack and rugged enough to be placed by a robot. The licensing agreement between Sandia and TEAM, which is located in the Sandia Science & Technology Park, allowed the business to advance the device’s design and bring it to market.

AURP said the Stingray is a dramatic improvement in water disruption tool technology, and is already being used in warzones by the military against IEDs placed where they can kill or maim troops. TEAM manufactured and shipped more than 8,000 of the units to Afghanistan and 2,000 to U.S. government and law enforcement agencies. The company credits its location in the Sandia Science & Technology Park with helping it collaborate with Sandia and grow as a business.

The 16th Annual AURP Awards of Excellence, presented Dec. 1 in New Orleans, recognize the achievements of outstanding research parks and industry veterans and encourages the development of best practices among research and science parks.

Dec 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm