NNSA Adopts Standardized Protective Force Uniforms Across Enterprise

Press Release
Nov 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has standardized uniforms for Protective Forces across the enterprise in an effort to promote solidarity and a professional image across all of its sites. Introducing the new standardized uniform supports NNSA’s commitment to discovering innovative ways to reduce costs while improving mission work. The new standardized uniform will permit bulk purchases, which is projected to save $500,000 within eight years. Strategic sourcing of inclement-weather uniform items will yield similar cost avoidance.

“The standardization of the uniforms throughout the enterprise is a prime example of NNSA’s commitment to being responsible stewards of tax dollars,” said Brad Peterson, Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security (DNS). “In addition to saving money, the standardized uniforms and insignia also bring about a greater sense of unity and professionalism, and an enhanced level of pride and motivation amongst the Protective Force membership.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Y12, Pantex, and Nevada National Security Site were already using or had planned to transition to the adopted uniform. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, NNSA Service Center, and the Kansas City Plant will transition to conform to this initiative.

The new uniforms provide additional tactical advantages with regard to the site environments. In addition, standardization prevents unnecessary expenditures for new uniforms and insignia upon contract turnovers.

Larger images (PDF) of the new uniforms are available here (male) and here (female).

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.