Future Leaders Program participants present accomplishments

The 2011 NNSA Future Leaders Program (FLP) participants were honored this week for completing their two-year program at NNSA. Each graduating FLP participant gave a presentation on his or her accomplishments throughout the program.

The objective of the program was to help develop subject matter experts in wide variety of disciplines to ultimately manage programs and projects within NNSA, including managing national defense weapons-related programs at both nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. The program helped strengthen participants' technical knowledge to apply theory to real world problems in actual work situations.

May 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Kansas City Field Office moves to new National Security Campus

On Monday, the Kansas City Field Office will relocate to the new National Security Campus. Some federal staff will report to the Bannister Federal Complex in a "hoteling" situation to oversee remaining operations and other required duties as needed. The move, which began in January 2013, is expected to take until August 2014 to complete for the entire Kansas City Plant. During that time, the Kansas City Plant will operate at both sites in order to maintain the production schedule.

The address at the National Security Campus is 14520 Botts Road, Kansas City, MO 64147. In addition, the prefix for phone numbers will change from 997 to 488. The 816 area code is the same. To mail a letter, address it to the Kansas City Field Office or Honeywell FM&T, as appropriate.

About the photo:
Kansas City Field Office staffers line up on the steps of the Bannister Federal Complex, a place most have worked for many years. Another group photo will be taken after they arrive at the new National Security Campus. The staffers are changing their commute each morning to drive to a new building eight miles south of the current facility.

May 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Brig. Gen. Dawkins visits Sandia

NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins visited Sandia National Laboratories yesterday. During his visit he toured the Z Pulsed Power Facility, also known as the Z machine, which is part of the pulsed power sciences program at Sandia. Pulsed power is a technology that concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which are then used to generate X-rays. The Z machine is a major tool in the development of Sandia’s weapons effects, weapons physics, and fusion technologies, all of which make invaluable contributions to science, national security and fusion energy research.

About the photo (L-R):
Heather Trumble, Defense Programs Liaison, Sandia Field Office; Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application; Keith Matzen, Director, Pulsed Power Sciences Center, Sandia; and Mark Herrmann, Senior Manager, High Energy Density Science, Sandia.

May 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller, Associate Deputy Administrator for Fissile Materials Disposition Peter Hanlon and Senior Advisor for Environmental Management Dave Huizenga today hosted the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) leadership group for a meeting. The CSRA is comprised of the business, civic, and elected leaders representing the South Carolina and Georgia communities surrounding the Savannah River Site (SRS).

Acting Administrator Miller provided insight into NNSA’s and EM’s fiscal year 2014 budget formulation process and explained how national security and environmental management priorities were examined across the Department. She reaffirmed the NNSA’s commitment to the missions of surplus plutonium disposition and environmental management and to upholding its commitments to its international and intergovernmental partners. 

NNSA, EM host Central Savannah River Area Leadership Group

May 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

A recent event gave Savannah River Site (SRS) employees whose work supports NNSA Defense Programs the opportunity to increase their knowledge of computer security, counterintelligence, and a range of other security and emergency preparedness topics.  

As part of  the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise “Focus on Security” Roadshow, exhibitors were on hand to help employees learn who to contact for document reviews, how to spot the signs of espionage, where to get CPR training, and more. Among the day’s activities were a demonstration by SRS security contractor of their canine team’s training and performance, as well as an opportunity for employees to experience wearing the SRS Fire Department’s fire-fighting gear.

SRS 'Focus on Security' roadshow

May 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham visits Sandia

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) visited Sandia National Laboratories last Friday for tours and briefings. This was the Congresswoman’s first visit to Sandia. Congresswoman Lujan Grisham was accompanied by her Deputy Chief of Staff Deborah Armstrong and her Deputy District Director Gilbert Gallegos. While at Sandia, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham participated in a tour of Sandia’s Integrated Technologies and Systems exhibit that includes displays and demonstrations of technologies related to homeland security, homeland defense, and nonproliferation and assessment.

About the photo: From left to right, Jerry McDowell, Deputy Laboratories Director & Executive Vice President for National Security Programs, Sandia National Laboratories; Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham; Paul Hommert, President and Laboratories Director, Sandia National Laboratories; Kim Sawyer, Deputy Laboratories Director & Executive Vice President for Mission Support, Sandia National Laboratories; Geoff Beausoleil, Sandia Field Office Manager and Los Alamos Field Office Acting Manager.

May 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

Pantex creates new method of polyurethane mixing

In an effort to create new opportunities and to save money, the Pantex Plastics Shop has began formulating a new method of mixing polyurethane to make molded parts for explosives, coatings, seals, cushions, tool covers and more.

As part of this project, Pantex has teamed up with West Texas A&M University to give students the opportunity to be engaged in this research.

Read more.

About the photo:
Pantex chemist Stephanie Steelman, right, and West Texas A&M University student Devin Cook work on a new dynamic adiprene mixing machine.

May 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

 NNSA Blog

Cary Bronson, from Los Alamos Field Office, and Michael Kaufman from Los Alamos National Laboratory were honored Monday for receiving the 2012 Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards. Bronson received the federal award and Kaufman received the contractor award.

The awards recognize employees whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify the excellence and commitment for which NNSA is known.

Bronson was recognized for his proactive approach to contractor oversight in security resulting in significant achievements. Kaufman was recognized for his active engagement and leadership in security which has greatly facilitated operations at LANL.

About the photo:
Steve Asher, center, NNSA Acting Chief and Associate Administrator for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security, presents Cary Bronson, left, and Michael Kaufman with the 2012 Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards.

May 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

Pantex sponsored team places 4th in car race

Andrew Whitaker from Dumas Junior High School in Dumas, Texas, lines up the team's race car during the Electric Car Competition at the 2013 National Science Bowl near Washington, D.C. last Sunday.


The Dumas team, which won the regional competition sponsored by NNSA's Pantex Plant to advance to nationals, won fourth place in the competition.


Photo by Jack Dempsey, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

May 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

New simulation speed record set on Sequoia

Computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have set a high performance computing speed record that opens the way to the scientific exploration of complex planetary-scale systems.

In a paper to be published in May, the joint team will announce a record-breaking simulation speed of 504 billion events per second on LLNL’s Sequoia Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, dwarfing the previous record set in 2009 of 12.2 billion events per second.

Sequoia has a peak performance of 25 petaflops and is the second fastest supercomputer in the world, with a total speed and capacity equivalent to about one million desktop PCs. A petaflop is a quadrillion floating point operations per second.

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Apr 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm