Sandia researchers have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters).
Sandia’s design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics that use an algorithm in an eight-bit central processing unit to command electromagnetic actuators. These actuators steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the target. Researchers have had initial success testing the design in computer simulations and in field tests of prototypes, built from commercially available parts.
NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino, DOE Environmental Management Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Huizenga, and Nevada Site Office Manager Steve Mellington recently hosted Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for a full day tour at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).
Sandoval was accompanied by his State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Leo Drozdoff. While visiting NNSS, the Governor toured the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, the U1a Complex, the Device Assembly Facility, and the JASPER Gas Gun.
The tour and associated discussions provided NNSA and EM leadership the opportunity to describe the Department’s ongoing and long-term vision of mission activities at NNSS. NNSA and EM leadership in turn benefited from insight into the Governor’s priorities, such as those outlined in the State’s recently publicized Economic Development Agenda. Both parties expressed enthusiasm towards enhanced collaboration between NNSS and the State of Nevada.
Bob Osborn, NNSA Associate Administrator for Information Management and Chief Information Officer, has been selected as one of Federal Computer Week’s 2012 Federal 100 Award Winners. The award recognizes government and industry leaders who have played important roles in the federal government IT community.
Osborn has been specifically acknowledged as being part of a select group of professionals who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2011. As leader of the NNSA’s information management and information technology (IT) initiatives, Osborn and his team have skillfully laid out an aggressive plan to update and modernize the agency’s IT infrastructure.
In his current role, Osborn is responsible for all aspects of cyber security across the nuclear security enterprise. He and his team have been very successful in maintaining NNSA’s networks, which allow essential national security programs to be executed. Osborn also serves as NNSA Transformation Executive and leads the agency’s move to OneNNSA – a fully integrated enterprise, organized to succeed, that performs work seamlessly and speaks with one voice.
Federal Computer Week magazine will hold a black-tie gala on March 28 in Washington, D.C., to recognize the accomplishments of the award winners.
Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, traveled to snow-covered Seattle to share her insights about this important topic on January 17. She discussed arms control and verification challenges in the information age, as part of an arms control seminar series hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Later that day at the University of Washington, Assistant Secretary Gottemoeller spoke about innovative concepts in arms control policy and the changing nature of diplomacy in the information age.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico on Jan. 26 to highlight President Obama’s State of the Union address and discuss the Obama Administration’s commitment to energy innovation and advanced manufacturing. Secretary Chu was joined by U.S. Congressman Martin Heinrich and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry on a tour of Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility, which is working to advance industry collaboration on clean energy technologies. Secretary Chu also hosted a Town Hall with employees at the site as part of the visit.
Five scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have been honored by Laboratory Director Charles McMillan as Laboratory Fellows. The new Fellows are Bruce Carlsten, Mike Leitch, Michael MacInnes, Richard Martin, and Amit Misra.
The fellows are honored for their sustained, high-level achievements in programs of importance to LANL either a fundamental or important discovery that has led to widespread use or and having become a recognized authority in the field, including outside recognition and an outstanding record of publications.
The 2011 Fellows were selected from 17 nominees, and a committee of scientists and engineers from across LANL reviewed the nominations and recommended finalists who were confirmed by the laboratory director.
Students and teachers today will get the chance to talk live with nuclear experts from across the country about various nuclear issues today as part of the National Nuclear Science Week. The talks will cover electricity production, basics in nuclear science, nuclear medicine and an overview of the future of nuclear energy in the U.S.
For a complete list of live talks see:
From left to right: NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook; Dublin, Calif. Mayor Tim Sbranti; Danville, Calif. Mayor Candace Andersen; Livermore, Calif. Mayor John Marchand; NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino
NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino hosted mayors from across the country while the mayors were in Washington, D.C. during the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last week. The mayors represented major metropolitan cities and local communities – including Livermore, Calif., Danville, Calif., Dublin, Calif., Albuquerque, N.M., Las Vegas. N.V., Amarillo. Texas, Columbia, S.C., and Kansas City. Mo. All cities are located adjacent to NNSA laboratories and plants. D’Agostino appreciated the opportunity to communicate directly with these local leaders and to discuss issues of mutual interest.
NNSA leadership recognizes that local community officials serve as a source of strength not only in advancing NNSA goals locally but also in strengthening the organization’s relationships with other key federal and state officials to move the nation’s nuclear security agenda forward. Each of the mayors expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to convey their priorities to D’Agostino and indicated they would be doing the same with other administration and congressional officials during their stay in Washington, D.C.
In just one year, the NNSA’s Kansas City Plant (KCP) will begin a carefully orchestrated move to its new location with the help of six relocation firms who were recently awarded contracts valued at about $80 million.
In one year, on Jan. 23, 2013, KCP will begin the complex task of moving manufacturing, laboratory and office equipment from its current location at the Bannister Federal Complex to a newly constructed National Security Campus eight miles south at Botts Road and 150 Highway in South Kansas City. The move will involve approximately 2,800 pieces of large capital equipment and more than 40,000 moving crates filling approximately 2,600 semi-trailer loads.
KCP selected CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), the world’s largest commercial real estate company, to plan and manage the monumental task of relocating the nearly three million square feet facility, including manufacturing, engineering and administrative offices, to the new location. Additional supporting contracts to execute the move were awarded to P1 Group, Inc., Foley Company, Fry-Wagner, Graebel, and Daniels. The total contract value is more than $80 million and is one of the largest purchasing contracts awarded by Honeywell FM&T, the management and operating contractor for KCP.
In January 2013, when construction of the new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering campus is complete, the relocation contractors will begin moving the KCP operations in a phased-in approach. The move will take place over a 19-month period and will allow for dual operations at both facilities to ensure continued delivery of product in support of national security.
The new smaller, more efficient facility maintains the capability to assure the reliability, safety and security of the nation’s defense systems while enabling NNSA to recruit and retain the next generation of scientists and engineers. KCP remains committed to supporting the President’s nuclear agenda which includes enhanced safety and security and also takes advantage of opportunities to reduce the number of warhead types.
Photo Credit: National University of Malaysia
Rising energy demand in Southeast Asia could contribute to a significant growth in nuclear power over the coming decades. As states invest in new nuclear power programs, they must also simultaneously develop indigenous expertise to ensure that these programs are safe and effective as well as compliant with international nonproliferation and safeguards obligations.
The International Nuclear Safeguards and Engagement Program (INSEP), a program within the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at NNSA, works with countries that are developing nuclear programs build the safeguards expertise needed to ensure that new energy initiatives are securely operated. Last month, an INSEP team traveled to Malaysia to participate in an International Workshop on Safeguards Curriculum Development at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). The event brought together experts from Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and the United States to support UKM with the development of a Safeguards, Safety and Security Program. While the workshop focused on the creation of an indigenous safeguards education program specifically for Malaysia, it also supported the shared goal of the United States and Republic of Korea to develop the next generation of safeguards experts around the world.