The NNSA 2012 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program Symposium was held today in Washington, DC. The event, "Discovery and Innovation for National Security," featured keynote presentations by Dr. Charles Shank, inventor of the DFB laser and former Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Dr. Norman Augustine, retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), discussed the White House priorities for science, technology, and Innovation. Neile Miller, Principal Deputy Administrator for NNSA, provided a DOE/NNSA perspective of the NNSA TriLab LDRD program.

Jun 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm


Red Storm, a massively parallel processing supercomputer, was recently decommissioned at Sandia National Laboratories. Red Storm was part of NNSA's Advanced Simulation & Computing (ASC) supercomputer program and helped monopolize world computing records.

Red Storm was designed by Sandia and Cray, Inc., to address the highly complex nuclear weapons stockpile computing problems. Red Storm allowed modeling and simulation of complex problems in nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship that were thought impractical, if not impossible.

Red Storm was used to run simulations during Operation Burnt Frost, a U.S. military operation, to intercept and destroy a nonfunctioning U.S. satellite before it could reenter the atmosphere and release its potentially toxic fuel supply.

To read more about the stand down of Red Storm see:


Jun 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

White House Science Advisor John Holdren

White House Science Advisor John Holdren, right, and Gilbert Herrera, director of Sandia National Laboratories’ microsystems technology center, during a tour of Sandia’s Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) facility. During his June 7 visit to Sandia, Holdren was briefed on a wide range of Labs’ capabilities. Holdren is the senior advisor to President Barack Obama on science and technology issues through his roles as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Jun 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award recipients

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently awarded the recipients of the 2011 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for their outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the Department of Energy and its missions. Three recipients from Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories were among the nine winners. Recipients in each category received a gold medal, a citation and $20,000.

To read more about the awards click here.

About the photo (from left to right)

Riccardo Betti, University of Rochester; Paul C. Canfield, Ames Laboratory; David E. Chavez, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Amit Goyal, Oak Ridge National Laboratory L; Secretary of Energy Steven Chu; Mark B. Chadwick, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bernard Matthew Poelker, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility; Lois Curfman McInnes, Argonne National Laboratory; Barry F. Smith, Argonne National Laboratory; and Thomas P. Guilderson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jun 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm


NNSA employees and their friends and families enjoyed the annual NNSA Day at the Ball Park on Thursday, June 7. More than 300 tickets were sold. The Nationals lost to the New York Mets, 3-1.

Jun 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Nevada celebrates VPP status

It was a banner day for two NNSA/NNSS contractors as they were re-certified as Star Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). National Security Technologies (NSTec) and WSI Nevada Team received their certificates and banners from NNSA Nevada Site Manager Stephen A. Mellington. VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management and labor establish cooperative relationships at the workplace to implement a comprehensive safety and health management system. 

For NSTec this is their fourth Star Certification, which is the highest level under VPP. WSI is in their 11th year of VPP Star Status. 

“Achieving this status demonstrates the willingness of NNSS contractors to collaborate for efficiency and establish continuity. In this case, it is in the areas of worker health and safety,” said Mellington.

About the picture:

Holding the banner is Mike Kinney (L) of NSTec and WSI Nevada Team Security Police Officer Will Stinson.  NSTec President and General Manager Dr. Raymond Juzaitis (L) and David Bradley General Manager, WSI Nevada Team (R) hold certificates presented to their companies by Stephen A. Mellington (C), NNSA Nevada Site Office Manager.

Jun 8, 2012 at 11:00 am


This year, 23 children and seven spouses of Pantexans were selected to receive scholarships of up to $1,000 to help with their college education. B&W Pantex has been administering the annual scholarship program since taking over as the Pantex Management and Operating contractor in 2001.

“B&W Pantex recognizes the importance of education,” Woolery said. “These students have worked hard and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish as they continue their studies.”

About the photo:

B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery, left, congratulates Alex Graham, right, while his mother, Pantex Historian Monica Graham looks on at a reception honoring winners of the B&W Pantex scholarship program Monday.

Jun 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Lin Yin speaks at 2011 LDRD Symposium

The 2012 NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Symposium is set for Tuesday, June 12. This year’s theme is “Discovery and Innovation for National Security” featuring highlights of game-changing, mission-relevant research supported by the LDRD Program throughout NNSA.

The program includes keynote presentations by:

•Neile L. Miller, NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator

•Charles V. Shank, Senior Fellow, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Former Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

•Norman R. Augustine, Retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation

•Thomas A. Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

The symposium also includes technical talks and poster presentations by NNSA laboratory researchers relevant to national security missions. At day’s end, Victor Reis, Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, will lead a panel discussion on discovery and innovation issues for national security.   

To register click here.
Click here to view the agenda.

Jun 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

VPP flag

The Y-12 National Security Complex today held a ceremony in celebration of receiving Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) Star status from DOE for excellence in occupational safety and health protection. The ceremony marked the start of Y-12 flying a VPP flag over the site's New Hope Center.

Dan Hoag, NNSA acting site manager, said achieving DOE-VPP Star status is a significant achievement for B&W Y-12. "It is a symbol of excellence in the pursuit of health and safety," he said. "VPP represents a strong commitment by Y-12 employees, the unions and management to continually strive for a safe workplace.”

Only 28 entities across the United States hold DOE-VPP Star status.

To read more click here.

About the photo:

B&W Y-12 Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Operations Bill Klemm (center) and Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Steve Jones (right) raise the DOE-VPP Star flag as Dan Hoag, NNSA acting site manager, looks on.

Jun 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

President Obama and Will D'Ercole

Several NNSA employees had the opportunity to meet and mingle with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday on the South Lawn of the White House. The event drew more than 1,000 employees from throughout the federal government. Seen here is Will D'Ercole, son of NNSA Director of Congressional Affairs Jed D'Ercole.

Jun 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm