August 2013

The Nevada National Security Site recently hosted a “Cans for Cupcakes” event as part of the Feds Feed Families campaign, which runs through Aug. 28. NNSS employees were able to get a cupcake in exchange for cans of food. The canned food will be donated to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

'Cans for cupcakes' at NNSS

Left to right: August Schellhase and Teresa Rabe drop off cans of food for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, while volunteer Tiffany Lantow serves cupcakes.

'Cans for cupcakes' at NNSS

Left to right: Volunteers Tiffany Lantow and Latonya Burke accept donated cans and help Lynn Kidman and Kathy Watson select cupcakes.

'Cans for cupcakes' at NNSS

Volunteer Tiffany Lantow accepts donated cans of food from Dave Taylor. In the background, Lynn Kidman and Kathy Watson select their cupcakes from dozens of donated cupcakes, many homemade by NNSS staff.

Aug 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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Recently, On-Site Inspection (OSI) Division Director Oleg Rozhkov, from the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna, Austria, visited several DOE labs that are supporting CTBTO efforts to achieve on-site inspection readiness under the treaty. On his visit to Los Alamos, Pacific Northwest and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Rozhkov was joined by OSI Division Chief for Policy, Planning and Operations Gordon MacLeod and Michele Smith of NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security. While in Washington, DC, Rozhkov met with NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and other Administration officials.

The CTBTO monitoring and verification system, which is designed to detect any nuclear explosion conducted on Earth – underground, underwater, or in the atmosphere – includes an International Monitoring System (IMS) that will consist of 321 monitoring stations and 16 certified radionuclide laboratories, supported by an International Data Centre (IDC) in Vienna; the IMS and IDC are already providing valuable data to States Signatories on events of interest . When the Treaty enters into force, this capability will be supplemented with a robust on-site inspection capability.

To support and prepare for an upcoming on-site inspection exercise, Integrated Field Exercise 2014 (IFE14), NNSA has loaned approximately $1 million worth of inspection-related equipment from the labs and is helping to conduct training for the surrogate inspector trainees. NNSA lab experts are participating in preparations for IFE14 on various teams, including the Inspection Team, Control Team, Inspected State Party, Evaluation Team, and Scenario Development Task Force.

About the photo:
CTBTO Preparatory Commission On-Site Inspection (OSI) Division Director Oleg Rozhkov (center) discusses overview of NNSA-supported nuclear explosion monitoring activities at PNNL.  From left to right are Dr. Brian Milbrath (PNNL), Dr. Ted Bowyer (Nuclear Explosion Monitoring and Policy Program Manager at PNNL), Mr. Rozhkov, Michele Smith (Deputy Director for Warhead Dismantlement Transparency in the NNSA Office of Nonproliferation and International Security, NA-24), Gordon MacLeod (CTBTO OSI Division Chief for Policy, Planning and Operations), Dr. Harry Miley (PNNL) and Dr. Craig Aalseth (PNNL).

Aug 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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For homeowners around the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, occasional shockwaves and loud booms from test explosions are a normal part of life.

A group of those neighbors got a rare chance last week to visit Pantex and find out how high explosives (HE) testing helps Pantex accomplish its critical mission of ensuring the capability of the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile.

Pantex officials invited the neighbors as part of the Plant’s ongoing efforts to maintain positive relationships with nearby landowners. Pantex regularly conducts test shots of HE to ensure that HE in the nation’s stockpile remains reliable. Neighbors are informed when test shots are scheduled, but they’ve never gotten to see one up close before.

Explosives experts had already planned a demonstration as part of an ongoing effort to train new employees on the capabilities and characteristics of HE. Neighbors were allowed to observe the demonstration, then talk to experts from the Explosives Technology Division about the types of testing that go on at Pantex.

About the photos:
Pantex neighbors got a rare chance to visit Pantex and find out about how high explosives testing helps Pantex meet its mission.

Bottom: Monty Cates, Division Manager for Explosives Technology at Pantex, discusses the High Explosives work done at Pantex during a lunch with visiting neighbors of the Plant. 

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Aug 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman led his band, “Yellow Cake,” at a DOE Feeds Families event today. The event was the beginning of the August kick-off to DOE’s final push to meet or beat the goal of collecting 212,000 pounds of non-perishable items by August 30.

DOE and NNSA employees can participate throughout August by dropping off non-perishable food, household items and hygiene products in boxes located throughout the Forrestal, Germantown and L’Enfant buildings or at field offices. Collected items will be donated to local food banks and distributed to those in need.

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About the photos:
Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman led his band, “Yellow Cake,” at a DOE Feeds Family event today.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks to Richard Veliz, a DOE intern, during the DOE Feeds Family event today.

Aug 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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Bruce Held, NNSA Acting Administrator and Acting Undersecretary for Nuclear Security, spent time at Sandia National Laboratories yesterday and spoke with employees during a special all hands talk. Held discussed his plans as acting administrator. Prior to his time as director of DOE’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Held served as Chief of Counterintelligence at Sandia.

Aug 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

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NNSA’s Defense Programs (DP) is doing its part to support DOE’s Feeds Families campaign with weekly “Two Can Tuesdays.” Each week DP employees are asked to bring in two cans of food each Tuesday. 

DOE and NNSA employees can participate throughout the summer by dropping off non-perishable food, household items, and hygiene products in boxes located throughout the Forrestal, Germantown and L’Enfant buildings or at field offices. DOE’s goal is to meet or beat the goal of collecting 212,000 pounds of non-perishable items by August 30. The items will be donated to local food banks and distributed to those in need in our communities.

Aug 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

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During his first visit to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as the acting NNSA Administrator and acting Undersecretary for Nuclear Security, Bruce Held spoke with employees during a special all hands talk yesterday.

Held spoke on three issues: why a former spy was selected for this position; safety culture surveys with important implications for management; and how to address governance of the Department of Energy enterprise in a healthy, sustained fashion.

Aug 2, 2013 at 10:23 am