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Administrator's Update - September 2014

As we focus on our day-to-day work, it’s sometimes easy to miss the many accomplishments that contribute to NNSA’s important and enduring mission. Here are a few news items from around our organization that demonstrate mission success, as well as our commitment to effective management and efficient operations:

We recently achieved several milestones within the Stockpile Stewardship Program that ensures our Nation’s nuclear warheads are safe, secure, and effective. This week, we reached the halfway point for production of the W76-1 warhead. This is a remarkable achievement for Defense Programs and our lab and production plant teams who have guided this Life Extension Program from being a design to a certified product for delivery to our Navy partners.

We have also completed tests for other weapons systems that have all been resounding successes. These include joint flight tests for the W78 and W80-1 systems; a flight test measuring performance of the W88 ALT 370 new radar system; and for the B61-12, a successful wind tunnel test and fit checks on various aircraft including the F-15, the F-16, and soon the B-2.

Additionally, we have been working at an impressive pace to use our unique facilities to their fullest potential in support of stockpile stewardship without nuclear testing. Our efforts continue to deliver high quality data for the advanced assessment and certification of the Nation’s stockpile. The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has completed nine target shots per week for the past two weeks, all yielding valuable data to provide insights into how our weapons work. The Z Machine at Sandia National Laboratories and JASPER at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), have both executed numerous experiments for the validation of advanced computational models.

We also continue to advance our critical nuclear nonproliferation mission. Last week, Secretary Moniz led the U.S. delegation to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the annual policymaking meeting of all 162 IAEA Member States. The General Conference passed resolutions establishing policies on nuclear security, strengthening the effectiveness and improving the efficiency of safeguards, and nuclear safety. The language in these resolutions affirmed the close alignment of NNSA's nuclear nonproliferation mission with issues of central importance to the international community.

These accomplishments represent only a small sample of the awesome work being done within our organization. It may seem routine to many; however, it is worthy of kudos and recognition.

Frank Klotz

“Mission First, People Always”