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.
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.
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.
The 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.
National Security Technologies and WSI Nevada Team employees have come together once again for the Southern Nevada and Nye County communities. More than 25 barrels overflowing with toys and 86 bicycles were donated this year to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.
A part of NNSA’s Small Business Week, today’s profile highlights Delta Research Associates, Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, is a federal government contractor located in Alexandria, Va, Since 1988, DRA has provided management, organizational, administrative and analytical support to federal agencies. DRA’s management has an average of more than 30 years of experience supporting federal organizations. DRA has more than 100 employees who support services in locations throughout the Continental U.S.
DRA has provided policy support, performance plans, and job descriptions for federal staff both at Albuquerque and at NNSA headquarters. DRA also supports the DOE Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, enabling DRA to be cited by the Federal Times as one of the top fifty intelligence services contractors to the federal government.
One customer of DRA said, “Services provided by DRA staff meet specifications and measures up to commonly accepted technical and professional standards. Very little government technical direction is required to solve problems that arise during performance. On-site support provided outstanding support to ensure success of monthly HQ AFP.”
For more information about DRA see: http://www.drahq.com/
A part of NNSA’s Small Business Week, today’s profile highlights Vector Resources, Inc. (VRI), a woman-owned small business, which provides NNSA with project management, engineering, quality and safety services, performance assurance, and business process improvement across the full spectrum of DOE mission areas including energy, defense programs, science, security, and environmental management.
Vector has extensive experience in the assessment of nuclear projects for quality, regulatory and safety compliance, and cost and schedule performance. Vector has worked closely with NNSA and its sites in addressing the technical and management aspects of several nuclear weapon and environmental related projects as well as the stockpile stewardship and defense science programs and campaigns. Vector has also performed work involving enterprise management and integration; project and construction management; portfolio analysis; programming, planning, budgeting, and evaluation (PPBE) process; governance transformation; line oversight; contractor assurance systems; and performance measurement systems. In addition to NNSA, VRI has supported various other DOE offices and programs including Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, Environmental Management, and Management and Administration at Headquarters and field locations.
“We are proud of our contributions to NNSA mission success including performance assurance, workforce development, science and technology advancement, improvement in quality assurance and nuclear safety, improvement in program and project management, resource optimization and cost savings, and facilitation of enterprise performance,” said, Stephanie Weisband, President/CEO of Vector Resources, Inc.
For additional information about VRI see: www.vector-resources.com
NNSA announced Monday that it distributed more than $362 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2011. NNSA surpassed its departmental small business goal by 27 percent in fiscal year 2011.
To highlight the success of its small business program, NNSA has launched the third annual “NNSA Small Business Week.” This week, NNSA is featuring a different small business of the day on the NNSA Blog.
Today’s profile highlights Container Technologies Industries, LLC (CTI), a Small business located in Helenwood, Tenn. Since December 1999, CTI has provided the nuclear industry with many types of products, including containers for the storage, transport, and disposal nuclear waste.
CTI has supplied Y-12 with shipping containers for the past three years and have supplied Y-12 in excess of 1670 containers with no rejections for quality issues.
“B&W Y-12 treats small business as an important partner. CTI is fortunate to have a long standing relationship with Y-12,” said Steve Fielden, president and chief operating officer of CTI.
For more information about CTI see: http://www.containertechnologies.com/
David Young, NNSA’s Deputy Exercise Program Manager in the Office of Emergency Response today received the 2011 Linton F. Brooks Medal for Dedication to Public Service.
As a leader of the Nuclear Incident Team at NNSA, Young successfully coordinated the activities of deployed NNSA response teams during 125 Preventative Radiological/Nuclear Detection missions including 48 real-world responses to international, federal, state and local requests for assistance. He is specifically acknowledged for providing exemplary leadership and technical acumen during the response to the emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants.
As part of the Operations and Exercise Program, Young was a key member of the planning teams responsible for the successful planning, execution, and evaluation of the DOE/NNSA-led national level exercises Diablo Bravo 2008 and Empire 2009, in addition to the numerous recurring interagency national level exercises, such as Marble Challenges, Nuclear Weapons Accident-Incident Exercises, and the DHS-coordinated National Level Exercises.
The award recognizes newer employees whose actions and deeds exemplify the spirit of public service commitment. Nominees for the Linton Brooks Medal for Public Service must be NNSA employees, with fewer than five years of civilian federal service and fewer than five years of professional experience, whose work achievements demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public service excellence.