Dave YoungDavid 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.

Dec 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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NNSA distributed more than $362 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2011 and surpassed its departmental small business goal by 27 percent.

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 Contractor Name: Meyer Tool and Manufacturing, Inc., specialists in cryogenic, vacuum and pressure technologies. Meyer Tool provides a suite of services including engineering, process development and vertically integrated manufacturing.  Meyer Tool’s components are installed in the world’s most powerful laser, the two most powerful particle accelerators, most powerful neutron source, at the South Pole, in advanced photon sources, in solar cell production lines, semiconductor production lines and other harsh and demanding environments.

Since 1998 Meyer Tool has been a key supplier to the NNSA’s National Ignition Facility (NIF). The majority of the contracts have been for large stainless steel or aluminum vacuum vessels requiring extensive post weld machining to tight tolerances and precision cleanliness levels appropriate to components for the world’s most powerful laser.

“Everyone at Meyer Tool is extremely proud to have contributed to the success of the National Ignition Facility and the important scientific and national stockpile stewardship programs being performed by the completed machine,” said Ed Bonnema, vice president of operations of Meyer Tool. “For more than a decade Meyer Tool has maintained a collaborative relationship with the engineering and procurement staff at NIF. Meeting the challenges of fabricating the unique and difficult components for the NIF program expanded our capabilities and required us to develop new processes. We have been able to utilize these experiences as part of our objective to achieve the Lowest Total Cost of Ownership for all our customers.”

For more information about Meyer Tool and Manufacturing, see: www.mtm-inc.com.

Dec 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

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A pair of Pantexans hit the road today in an effort to help stamp out hunger in the Texas Panhandle.

Byron Logan and Randy Stokes, officers in Pantex’s Safeguards & Security Division at Pantex, ran 30 miles today from Pantex to the High Plains Food Bank’s food drive, which is being hosted at Market Street United, in an effort to gather donations for families in need during this holiday season. The two gathered donations at Pantex and picked up items along the route in the hopes of filling a Bearcat armored vehicle with food items.

Stokes and Logan were joined for portions of the route by fellow Pantexans during the run. They collected donations along the route. They were followed by a Bearcat, which is an armored vehicle used by Security Police Officers at Pantex.

Pantexans donated approximately 1,500 pounds of food and $500.


Dec 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base intend to save an estimated $7 million in electricity as part of a recently entered wholesale electricity contract for calendar years 2014 to 2016. This also adds up to $17 million when compared to the commercial retail rate.

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Western Area Power Administration, with support from the NNSA’s Office of Sustainability and Utilities, entered into

the contract per an agreement between NNSA and Western, in which Western secures contracts for Sandia/KAFB electric supplies and Sandia/KAFB provides Western with the requisite funds to pay for the electric supply services provided.

Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, said the contract is another example of NNSA’s commitment to identifying ways to improve the efficiency of NNSA’s operations to save money for American taxpayers. “We are continually seeking ways to improve the way we do business while maintaining the highest security and safety standards,” he said.

The 2014-2016 contract covers 83 percent of Sandia/KAFB’s projected electricity needs (in lieu of 100 percent) to allow for potential energy reductions in the out years and/or potential renewable energy purchases.

The annual electric power demand at Sandia/KAFB is about 65 MW and includes approximately 60 tenant organizations located on the Base. Presently, NNSA’s needs are roughly 60 percent of the combined Sandia/KAFB electric power usage.

In 2014, NNSA plans to issue another request for proposal (RFP) through Western to purchase future power for Sandia/KAFB for the years 2017 and beyond. These purchases are expected to continue to provide Sandia/KAFB with low cost electricity.

Dec 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Livermore Site Office Manager Alice Williams yesterday received the NNSA Gold Medal for distinguished service in the national security of the United States and the NNSA Defense Programs Award of Excellence. Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, presented the awards and thanked Alice for her dedication to NNSA and to NNSA's Defense Programs. Alice is leaving the Livermore Site Office at the end of the year and is transitioning to the Environmental Management leadership team.

Dec 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

WATE in Knoxville, TN has a fantastic piece about the work being done by Y-12 employees this holiday season.

Dec 9, 2011 at 11:00 am


The Y-12 Apprentice Program held the first graduation ceremony in almost 30 years recently at the site's New Hope Center. Nine apprentices, including members of the carpenter's, painter's, insulator's and ironworker and rigger's unions, received their certificates of achievement for on-the-job and classroom training. The program, which was restarted three years ago, currently has 73 participants, and Y-12 is planning on adding machinists to its present list of eight trades. The last graduation ceremony before today was in 1982. Joe Riordan, at right, was recognized by B&W Y-12 Vice President and Deputy General Manager Bill Klemm for receiving his welder's certificate ahead of schedule as Beth Green of Facilities, Services and Infrastructure leads the ceremony.

Dec 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm


The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has recommended new names for elements 114 and 116, the latest heavy elements to be added to the periodic table.

Scientists of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)-Dubna collaboration proposed the names as Flerovium for element 114 and Livermorium for element 116.

In June 2011, the IUPAC officially accepted elements 114 and 116 as the heaviest elements, more than 10 years after scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna and Lawrence Livermore chemists discovered them.

Flerovium (atomic symbol Fl) was chosen to honor Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, where superheavy elements, including element 114, were synthesized along with its former director. Georgiy N. Flerov (1913-1990) was a renowned physicist who discovered the spontaneous fission of uranium and was a pioneer in heavy-ion physics. He is the founder of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. In 1991, the laboratory was named after Flerov - Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (FLNR).

Livermorium (atomic symbol Lv) was chosen to honor LLNL and the city of Livermore, Calif. A group of researchers from the Laboratory, along with scientists at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, participated in the work carried out in Dubna on the synthesis of superheavy elements, including element 116. (Lawrencium -- Element 103 -- was already named for LLNL's founder E.O. Lawrence.)

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Dec 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Seymour SackSeymour Sack, a prominent physicist who during his 35 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) emerged as one of the foremost U.S. nuclear weapons designers, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Berkeley. He was 82.

Born Sept. 8, 1929, in New York City, Sack received his Ph.D in physics from Yale in 1954, and joined the Laboratory in 1955. After nine years in the Theoretical Physics Division, Sack joined B Division in 1964.

Sack was instrumental in developing the first stages of all of the two-stage thermonuclear devices within the nuclear stockpile. His weapon design programs introduced insensitive high explosives, fire-resistant plutonium pits and other state-of-the-art nuclear safety elements. Some of his design concepts are found in every one of the U.S. stockpile weapons - whether designed by Livermore or Los Alamos.

Sack's long list of awards and recognition includes the E.O. Lawrence award in 1973, “for his innovative contributions to the theory of nuclear weapons, his development of computer codes fundamental to the design of modern nuclear weapons, his leadership in the development of new and important weapon design concepts, and his role in the engineering and testing of weapons for our nuclear stockpile.”

In 1997, he received the Fleet Ballistic Missile Achievement Award, which acknowledged his work on the W62 and W68 warheads.

In 2003, Sack was awarded the prestigious Enrico Fermi award “for his contributions to the national security of the United States in his work assuring the reliability of nuclear weapons, and thus deterring war between the superpowers.”

After his retirement from LLNL in 1990, he continued as a laboratory associate for many years and remained active in nuclear weapons design and policy issues. He continued to mentor B Division scientists well past his retirement until the year of his passing.

Sack is survived by his wife of 55 years, Blanche Sack.

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Dec 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

John MaenchenJohn Maenchen, Sandia National Laboratories’ representative on the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Defense Programs Science Council, has been named as an IEEE Fellow.

Maenchen is being recognized for leadership in the development of intense pulsed charged particle beams and their application for flash radiography.
The IEEE grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. This year 321 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow.

Maenchen received a Ph.D. in ElectroPhysics from Cornell University in 1983 and immediately joined Sandia National Laboratories. As both a scientist and manager he advanced science, technology, and engineering through the design and construction of pulsed power accelerators, the invention and development of new intense electron-beam, ion-beam, and z-pinch loads, the modeling and theory of their operation, the invention of diagnostic approaches to investigate their performance, and the invention and development of new government and commercial applications for these capabilities. In this time he initiated a resurgence in pulsed power driven flash radiographic technologies, leading an international team to significantly advance the state of the art. This body of achievement was honored with the 2009 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee’s Peter Haas award.

Subsequent to these activities, Maenchen managed Nuclear Weapons Science and Technology Program international strategic planning, the site Deinventory of Special Nuclear Materials, and the Readiness in Technical Base and Facilities portfolios. Since 2009 he has served in his current role at NNSA.

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Nov 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm