Defense Programs award winners at the National Security CampusMore than 200 individuals from several National Security Campus teams received recognition this week for their work supporting NNSA’s 2014 Defense Programs.

Mark Holecek, KCFO Site Manager, presented the awards in a special ceremony on September 14 to the eight teams, including the KCRIMS Requalification; W87 Filled Elastomer Production; Encapsulation Process for Electronic Assemblies; W80 ALT 369 Firing Set Assembly Reprocessing; B61-12 LEP Trainers Product Realization Team; Surveillance Disassembly; High Speed Video; B61 JTA Modernization; and Header Working Group.The ninth award went to engineer Ellen Kirk for her significant impact to the NSC encapsulation process, including a $1 million cost savings in support of the W76-1 and an operator training program.

The awards recognize on an annual basis the contributions of work performed in support of the Stockpile Stewardship Program. The awards are given for significant achievements in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety or creativity in support of the nuclear weapons program.

Sep 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm
SNL's Mitch Williams prepares to disassemble the 242 computers
Sandia National Laboratories electronics technologist Mitch Williams prepares the disassembly of 242 computers for delivery to Northern Humboldt Union High School District in McKinleyville, California.


Retired computers used for cybersecurity research at Sandia National Laboratories have found a new life at Northern Humboldt Union High School District in McKinleyville, California.

Thanks to Sandia, 242 computers were donated to the school district to help improve the math and science education curricula in five schools serving seven communities on California’s rural northern coast. The computers also will help improve technical and science education research activities at the district.

The computers were used as virtual machines at Sandia’s California site to emulate large networks of computers. Sandia’s California site ran hundreds to thousands of virtual machines (full instances of an operating system such as Windows) on each physical machine. A cluster of 521 machines could emulate a network of up to half a million computers, as described here.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

The Cygnus machine

Cygnus, a dual-axis flash X-ray radiography system designed by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and jointly constructed and operated with National Securities Technologies and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), has fired its 3,000th shot. Originally envisioned for a single series of subcritical experiments, Cygnus has been a workhorse for more than a decade. The Aug. 27 milestone shot was performed by a team from the NNSS, SNL and LANL and used surrogate detonators to test the firing system to ensure that signals for diagnostics are correctly timed. The two locomotive-size X-ray machines, Cygnus-1 and Cygnus-2, are 1,000 feet underground.

Sep 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

Savannah River National Laboratory’s F/H Analytical Laboratories have achieved ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, which represents an independent validation of two analytical methods against a set of world-class specifications.

The accreditation was formally awarded by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, a non-profit, non-governmental body that provides world-class accreditation services for testing and calibration laboratories. Learn more here.

Sep 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Steve Lawrence,left, and Ray Juzaitis

National Security Technologies (NSTec), the primary contractor at the Nevada National Security Site, has been recognized by the Department of Energy for excellence in occupational safety and health protection. National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Field Office Manager Steve Lawrence, left, presented NSTec President Ray Juzaitis with a special VPP Superior Starr plaque. Earlier this year, the company participated in a rigorous two-week review of an array of safety and health procedures and programs. This is the fifth year in a row that NSTec has been awarded the prestigious VPP Superior Star. “I am very happy that we have again been recognized,” NSTec President Ray Juzaitis said. “We are strongly committed to safety in all the company’s operations, and this honor validates that our safety program continues to move in the right direction.”

Sep 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

Labor Day is dedicated to the achievements of American workers and the contributions they made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Labor Day weekend also unofficially marks the end of summer and unfortunately is a time historically associated with increased mishaps.  During your festivities with friends and family, please make safety a priority.

As we pay tribute to the American workforce, we wish to thank you for your service.  We are proud to work alongside every one of you.  Over this Labor Day weekend, be safe, take a well-deserved break, and come back to work refreshed.

We wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.

Frank Klotz and Madelyn Creedon

“Mission First, People Always”

SRS emergency training

SRS emergency training

Trident laser facility at LANL

Trident laser facility at LANL



Nevada National Security Site


Sandia researchers prepare pods

Sep 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

National Security Campus employees commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II by sharing stories of their loved ones, viewing photographs and documents with Truman Library historians and listening to WWII veteran Max DeWeese reminisce about his experience in the war.


The August 13 event was inspired by the National Spirit of ’45 Day, a way to honor the achievements of America’s "greatest generation" and their example of courage, self-sacrifice, and national unity. In 2010, Congress voted unanimously to recognize the Spirit of ’45 in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 11, 1945, the day President Truman announced the end of World War II.

Seventy years later employees at the National Security Campus continue to carry out the mission that was paved by Truman and the veterans who served during WWII.


Aug 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

In an ongoing effort to build a sustainable STEM pipeline between DOE’s sites/labs and historically black colleges and universities, the National Security Campus (NSC) helped form the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium under the Minority Serving Institutes Partnership Program (MSIPP).

This year MSIPP funded three NSC student interns from Hampton University and Howard University to further the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium. These students were given assignments in Physical Properties Testing, Product Design, and Modeling & Simulation – three key focus areas for the NSC in the support of continued Advanced Manufacturing Technology.


Student interns presented results from their internship assignments. In the audience were NNSA’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Dmitri Kusnezov, and the MSIPP Federal Program Manager, Cory Jackson.

In addition to attending the student presentations, Dr. Kusnezov and Mr. Jackson met with NNSA and NSC leaders, shared their vision for the MSIPP program, and were given a tour of the facility. Dr. Kusnezov praised NSC’s role in the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium and noted that hands-on participation is imperative for students in the STEM field.

The MSIPP is designed to enrich the STEM capabilities of HBCUs in a sustainable manner that aligns with the broad interests of DOE sites and emphasizes the entire career pipeline. The partnership also provides STEM students with the cutting-edge resources and technology housed at DOE facilities, ultimately increasing STEM student retention. 

Aug 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Deputy Secretary Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall traveled to the National Security Campus to visit the new campus and thank employees for their service on August 25. The Deputy Secretary made stops at several tour locations to get a first-hand look at the advanced manufacturing operations. 
During the visit, she got an inside look at the NSC’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing capabilities. AM has opened up a world of design options used to create innovative and timely solutions for the broader national security mission. While additive techniques can create traditional parts, it also allows greater design flexibility to create parts that are hollow inside, have a complex geometry, or even a part within a part.

Aug 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The H Canyon Facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently celebrated 60 years of service to the United States; first in producing nuclear materials in support of our nation’s defense weapons programs and later, after the Cold War, helping to disposition and stabilize nuclear materials and spent nuclear fuel from legacy cleanup, and both foreign and domestic research reactors.

"H Canyon has served our nation well for 60 years and today it remains the only operating production-scale shielded chemical separations facility in the country,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Thanks to the hard work, creativity, and dedication of the men and women operating at H Canyon, the facility has stood the test of time as a national asset for large scale nuclear materials processing. It is a global asset for nuclear nonproliferation cooperation. The Department commends the H Canyon community for the essential work they are doing to strengthen our national security, nonproliferation efforts, and the safe disposition of nuclear material."

Speaking at a recent luncheon celebration for H Canyon employees and supporters, U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson said, “For 60 years, the Canyon has supported this country’s nuclear material needs….During the Cold War, it was involved with nuclear material production, significantly contributing to a victory for democracy. Today, H Canyon proves that it is a great asset to our nation by helping to keep nuclear materials in a safe and secure location, and I am grateful for their dedicated, capable employees.”
Two recent key milestones were also celebrated; resumption of the HB Line mission to prepare surplus plutonium for disposition, and readiness to begin the Second Uranium Cycle, to start processing spent nuclear fuel.

H Canyon is also being used as a Test Bed for new technologies in the spent nuclear material field. Initially started for safeguards and nonproliferation purposes, the purpose of the test bed has been expanded to include special nuclear material accountability, environmental monitoring and compliance, and improved process control.

For more on H Canyon’s history and operations, see http://www.srs.gov/general/news/releases/nr15_srs-h-canyon-60.pdf

Aug 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm