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May 14, 2020
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Pantex reaches milestone with W88 Alt 370
Pantex has announced the successful assembly of the W88 Alt 370 First Production Capability Unit.
May 8, 2020
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Experiments resume at the National Ignition Facility
NIF has resumed experiments after Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reduced operations in March due to COVID-19.
April 27, 2020
NNSA awards $8 million to University of Illinois at Chicago for materials research
NNSA has awarded $8 million to the University of Illinois at Chicago to study properties of materials under extreme conditions.
April 16, 2020
NNSA releases instructions for virtual public hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for proposed plutonium pit mission at SRS
NNSA will hold a virtual public hearing on the Draft Savannah River Site Plutonium Pit Production Environmental Impact Statement on April 30.
April 2, 2020
Public invited to comment on Environmental Impact Statement for proposed plutonium pit mission at Savannah River Site
NNSA has released for public comment the Draft Savannah River Site Pit Production Environmental Impact Statement.
March 27, 2020
High-performance computers from the Nuclear Security Enterprise, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Lassen, have joined the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.
NNSA contributes world-class supercomputers to COVID-19 fight
NNSA will apply its supercomputing capabilities and technical expertise in support of the fight to stop the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 10, 2020
Public invited to comment on expanded plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory
NNSA has posted for public comment a draft Supplement Analysis to the 2008 Site-wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operations of LANL.
March 4, 2020
Diana Sanders analyzes the integrity of welds in a stainless steel tube. Metallography is one of many Y-12 National Security Complex's analytical capabilities used for ensuring nuclear-arsenal quality.
Y-12 lab upgrade ensures enduring capability for examining weapon components
Y-12 National Security Complex recently invested more than $1 million in upgrades to its Materials Testing Laboratory.
March 2, 2020
Tritium facility at Savannah River Site reaches key milestone
NNSA has approved the cost and schedule range for the Tritium Finishing Facility at the Savannah River Site.
February 14, 2020
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs accreditation badge
NNSA's Human Subjects Protection Program receives full accreditation from AAHRPP
NNSA is one of three federal agencies that have accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.
January 30, 2020
Lithium Processing Facility at Y-12 reaches key milestone
NNSA OKs the conceptual design and cost range for a new lithium processing building at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
January 29, 2020
A Y-12 National Security Complex team recently received an NNSA Defense Programs Award for its work in deactivating 16 uranium processing systems in Building 9206.
Y-12 employees recognized for Building 9206 project
A team of Y-12 employees was recently recognized for the outstanding work in deactivating 16 uranium processing systems in Building 9206.
January 8, 2020
NNSA releases Supplement Analysis to Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
NNSA released a final Supplement Analysis to the 2008 Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
January 8, 2020
Los Alamos National Laboratory employees Lawrence Trujillo,left, and Eric Yee have played with several of New Mexico legends.
NNSA hidden talents: Eric Yee and Lawrence Trujillo make music in New Mexico
Two key members of Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium mission contribute to New Mexico music.
January 6, 2020
Uranium Processing Facility substation complete
NNSA's Uranium Processing Facility Project made progress with the recent completion of a new electrical substation at Y-12 National Security Complex.
September 24, 2019
NNSA partners with U.S. Air Force and NATO Allies to reach key milestone for B61-12 Life Extension Program
NNSA and the U.S. Air Force, in support of NATO, successfully completed three non-nuclear system development flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb
August 23, 2019
Dr. Charles Verdon delivering the keynote address at the Third Annual Cost Estimating Community of Practice Symposium at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in August.
NNSA cost estimating professionals seek continuous improvement
Nearly 200 cost-estimating professionals from NNSA and elsewhere gathered for presentations and training at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
August 21, 2019
NNSA hosts Nuclear Weapons Council at Savannah River Site, Los Alamos National Laboratory
NNSA hosted members of the Nuclear Weapons Council at Savannah River Site Los Alamos National Laboratory.
August 20, 2019
NNSA Administrator tours Laboratory for Laser Energetics up close
NNSA's Administrator visited the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester.
August 9, 2019
Dr. Charles Verdon, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, presents Dr. Kathi Alexander with the NNSA gold seal for her exceptional service for more than 30 years.
NNSA employee salute: Thank you for your service
NNSA thanks longtime workers and retiring individuals for their service.
August 8, 2019
One metric ton of plutonium removed safely and securely from South Carolina
NNSA has fulfilled a court order to remove one metric ton of defense plutonium from South Carolina.
July 31, 2019
NNSA’s stockpile stewardship and nuclear nonproliferation annual reports delivered to Congress
NNSA has released the FY20 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan and the Prevent, Counter, and Respond—NNSA’s Plan to Reduce Global Threats.
July 12, 2019
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.
Staff scientists go beyond the lab – transferring technology and boosting the economy
Technology transfer experts come together at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to discuss strategic partnerships.
July 2, 2019
A scene from the January 2019 NNSA job fair in Arlington, Virginia.
NNSA job fair returning to the D.C. area
A look at the July 11 hiring event being held in Arlington, Virginia.
June 13, 2019
Dr. Mark Anderson presenting at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Verification and Validation Symposium
In the face of uncertainties, NNSA seeks verification and validation
Several NNSA computing experts attended or spoke at this year's American Society of Mechanical Engineers Verification and Validation Symposium.