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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Nuclear

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 »

Collaboration aids nuclear explosion monitoring efforts

The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is partnering with medical isotope producers to enhance nuclear explosion monitoring initiatives. The collaboration involves monitor installation to lend greater insight regarding emission levels and timing. The endeavor... Read More »

NNSA earmarks $50M to bolster nuclear security

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has awarded a pair of university consortia grants totaling $50 million as a means of bolstering nuclear security. NNSA officials said the Georgia Institute of Technology-led Consortium for Enabling Technologies &... Read More »

Smiths Detection lands radiation portal monitors contract

Smiths Detection has secured a contract with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction office (CWMD) to provide radiation portal monitors (RPM). Officials said the indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) agreement has a $291 million ceiling,... Read More »

Report examines radioactive source security challenges

A new report released by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and Moscow-based Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) maintains that sustained regional dialogue is essential to addressing Central Asia's radioactive source security challenges. “Largely as a result of poor... Read More »

Air Force field testing new protective mask

The U.S. Air Force completed field testing last month of an improved chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protective mask for crews on rotary wing aircraft. The Joint Service Aircrew Mask – Rotary Wing replaces the Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protection system on HH-60G Pave... Read More »

GAO assisting nuclear arsenal budget estimate prep

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is assisting the Departments of Defense and Energy in updating 10-year nuclear arsenal cost estimates and reporting them to Congress. GAO officials said an essential element of the effort involves capturing fundamental programmatic changes in nuclear... Read More »

Lawmakers seek Saudi nuclear pact talks suspension

In the wake of recent developments in Saudi Arabia, several lawmakers are seeking suspension of civil nuclear cooperation talks with that nation's government. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) has forwarded correspondence to President Donald Trump requesting... Read More »

Groups address nuclear waste, fuel disposal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently met with waste management personnel to discuss safe, efficient disposal of high level radioactive waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel. The session at the IAEA in Vienna included a delegation from the International Association for... Read More »

Measure addresses China, nuclear material acquisition

Department of Energy (DOE) officials said the agency has adopted national security measures designed to prevent China’s diversion of U.S. civil nuclear technology for military or other unauthorized purposes. “The United States cannot ignore the national security implications of China’s... Read More »

Report examines nuclear weapons, cyberattack vulnerability

A recently released Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) report suggests nuclear weapons and related systems are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks and implores nuclear-armed states to take measures to prevent attacks. “Nuclear Weapons in the New CyberAge: A Report of the Cyber-Nuclear Weapons... Read More »

GAO examines nuclear proliferation plan costs

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) provide funding estimates for its mandated nuclear proliferation plan. A federal law introduced in 2015 and 2017 directed the President to submit a proliferation plan to Congress. A... Read More »