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Monday, November 29th, 2021


Bill addresses energy research, development

Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) recently introduced a measure reauthorizing Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) funding, noting it advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies in early development stages. The ARPA-E... Read More »

New technology may aid emergency preparedness

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has earmarked funds to aid the development of new technology that could bolster emergency preparedness by producing platelets outside the human body. If the two-year, $4.9 million agreement between HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development... Read More »

Bill seeks to bolster nuclear warhead arsenal

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) recently secured strong funding in the 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to extend and refurbish nuclear warheads bolstering the nation’s defense. “Given the security challenges around the globe, it’s vital we invest in our nuclear warheads and nuclear... Read More »

HHS aids burn imaging device development

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has contracted with a firm to aid a burn imaging device’s development. The two-year, $27.3 million contract with SpectralMD, Inc., of Dallas, Texas, advances the... Read More »

Senators call for extending SALT nuclear arms treaty

A bill urging the Trump Administration to place limits on Russia’s strategic nuclear arms was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. The legislation – sponsored by Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) -- calls for extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START)... Read More »

GAO issues nuclear security program recommendations

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) five recommendations as a means of addressing nuclear security program concerns. The IAEA executes its nuclear security program under its Division of Nuclear Security through four subprograms,... Read More »

Amendment blocks Saudi nuclear weapon development

House legislators have adopted an amendment prohibiting U.S. sales of nuclear power equipment to Saudi Arabia without safeguards preventing nuclear weapon development. Officials said the House adopted the language as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to... Read More »

IAEA nuclear material safeguards continues to increase

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Safeguards Statement for 2018 recently determined that the amount of nuclear material subject to IAEA safeguards is continuing to rise. “Since 2010, the amount of nuclear material under safeguards has increased by 24 percent,” Massimo Aparo,... Read More »

Indy 500 aided DARPA threat detection effort

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials said the 2019 Indianapolis 500 aided the department’s nuclear, biological and chemical threat detection process. During the event, an advanced network of sensors kept continued vigilance, providing security real-time awareness of any... Read More »

GAO addresses nuclear terrorism program limitations

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a series of recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address the agency's nuclear terrorism deterrence limitations. GAO officials said the recommendations stem from an examination of the extent to which DHS tracks... Read More »

Bill retains Russian nuclear forces limits

Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) introduced last week a measure designed to retain Russian nuclear forces limits. The Richard G. Lugar and Ellen O. Tauscher Act to Maintain Limits on Russian Nuclear Forces calls for an extension of New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New... Read More »

GAO reviews workload increases at nuclear facility

In 2012, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) completed its Kansas City facility and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found workload projections have increased significantly from earlier forecasts. The facility produces or procures more than 80 percent of... Read More »