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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.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. See www.ieee.org

Nov 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, today gave the keynote address at the Workshop on Nuclear Forces and Nonproliferation at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. The workshop, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, focused on the evolving U.S. nuclear forces and their impacts on nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament, with special attention to the implementation of the Nuclear Posture Review and to the long term prospects for the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.





Nov 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm

The Kansas City Plant (KCP) is one of the first NNSA sites to submit a productivity savings event under a share-in-savings program that offers NNSA contractors a share of the savings as an incentive on top of an annual award fee pool.

The Kansas City Site Office approved Honeywell FM&T’s first share-in-savings proposal in November for the purchase of used office furniture instead of new furniture, resulting in a savings of about $85,000. The estimate for new furniture was about $352,000. The used furniture cost $267,000. In addition, the used furniture is similar to that planned for the new facility being built eight miles south of the current Kansas City Plant and can be moved there later. The used furniture was also available from six to 10 weeks sooner.

The cost reduction clause also allows the contractors to reward their employees who generate the cost savings ideas. This use of share-in-savings was added to M&O contracts as a savings tool made available by the NNSA-wide Business Management Advisory Council, chartered specifically to implement enterprise-level business and operational efficiencies.

Under the program, the contractor may share in the net savings under the following formula: 50 percent of the net savings is the government’s share; 10 percent is a savings fee to the contractor; and 40 percent of the savings remains at the NNSA site.

The program is a great example of how KCP is working as one NNSA to operate more efficiently and effectively. KCP is constantly trying to work smarter and improve the way KCP does business at every level. Even small things, like buying used office furniture, can help KCP do its part to save money when budgets are tight.

Nov 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm