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August 6, 2020
Dr. William Bookless, NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator, talked about NNSA’s mission, achievements and priorities at the Fourth Annual Cost Estimating Community of Practice Symposium, which was held virtually.
NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator talks about importance of building partnerships during cost estimation symposium
Dr. William Bookless, NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator, spoke at the Fourth Annual Cost Estimating Community of Practice Symposium.
July 28, 2020
NASA's Perseverance rover
The story of Perseverance: How the Mars 2020 rover got its name
Son of NNSA employee won a nationwide NASA contest to name the extraterrestrial vehicle.
July 17, 2020
Brig. Gen. Stacy Jo Huser, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application in NNSA's Office of Defense Programs.
Brig. Gen. Stacy Jo Huser joins the Office of Defense Programs as new leader for military application
She will assist NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs in leading the team that directs the Stockpile Stewardship Program.
July 17, 2020
NNSA completes DARHT Weather Enclosure
NNSA has completed construction of the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test Accelerator Weather Enclosure at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
July 16, 2020
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, accompanied by NNSA's partners from Los Alamos National Laboratory, cuts the ribbon for the Exascale Class Computer Cooling Equipment Project.
NNSA completes Exascale Class Cooling Equipment Project
NNSA has announced the completion of the Exascale Class Computer Cooling Equipment Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
July 2, 2020
Sandia National Laboratories' quality engineer Dulce Barrera, left, and team lead Kylen Johns worked with managers and other team members to face the challenges caused by COVID-19 while working on the Mobile Guardian Transporter Prototype 1 test vehicle.
Building the next generation of secure nuclear transport during a pandemic
Sandia team works to get an important project done in spite of the obstacle of COVID-19.
June 8, 2020
Flight test confirms B61-12 compatible with Air Force’s primary jet fighter
NNSA and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed two flight tests in at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada for the B61-12 Life Extension Program.
June 4, 2020
The Coordinate Measuring Machine at the Pantex Plant has a 2-ton granite working surface and a bridge beam assembly floating on a thin cushion of air. It uses a high-performance scanning probe and can precisely measure items in 2D and 3D.
Precision in production: New Pantex metrology equipment will meet NNSA’s exacting standards
Metrology -- the science of weights and measures -- helps maintaining the safety, security, and reliability of the Nation’s nuclear arsenal.
June 1, 2020
Calciner Project authorized to begin installation at Y-12
NNSA has authorized the start of installation construction of the Calciner Project at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
May 14, 2020
W88 emblem
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
National Ignition Facility
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