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NNSA Must Solve Pit Problems This Year, STRATCOM Commander Says

LA VISTA, Neb. — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) may not be able to produce 80 nuclear-warhead cores a year by 2030, unless it resolves issues this year that have prevented it from converting an unfinished plutonium disposal plant in South Carolina into a weapons facility, the commander of U.S. nuclear forces said here […]

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Trump Nominates Former Hill Staffer As DOE General Counsel

The White House on Tuesday nominated a former Capitol Hill staffer as general counsel for the Department of Energy. William Cooper is currently senior counsel and director in the Washington, D.C. branch of McConnell Valdés, a corporate law firm based in Puerto Rico. His prior positions as a congressional staffer include staff director for the House […]

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Judge Stands by $20M Fee Ruling for Contractor in MFFF Lawsuit

A federal judge on Monday stood by his earlier ruling that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) must return more than $20 million in fees it clawed back in 2016 from the prime contractor building the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. […]

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Air Force Nuke Missle Contractors Report Big 2Q Gains

Boeing and Raytheon, key contractors on next-generation Air Force nuclear-missile programs, both posted higher quarterly earnings last week. Boeing, one of two contractors on the next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile system, reported a 26 percent spike in earnings in the second quarter, to $2.2 billion, or $3.73 a share. Raytheon, one of two tech-development contractors working on […]

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Top Nuke Targeting Officer Says U.S. At ‘Disadvantage’ Without Multilateral Nuke Reduction Treaty

LA VISTA, Neb. — The United States could be at a strategic disadvantage without a multilateral nuclear arms-reduction treaty, the Navy admiral in charge of setting targets for U.S. nuclear weapons said here Wednesday. “The INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty] is a great system between us and Russia to limit forces within a certain range,” […]

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Senate Approves Final 2019 NDAA, Clears Way for Presidential Signature

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed the final version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, clearing the way for President Donald Trump to sign a bill that allows the Department of Energy to build a low-yield nuclear warhead. The $717 billion bill sailed through the Senate on an 87-10 vote, less than a […]

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Nuke Hardliner and HASC Staffer Morrison Moves to White House

Tim Morrison, a staffer on the House Armed Services Committee who helped shape the ongoing nuclear modernization program started under the Barack Obama administration, left the Hill last month to become senior director for weapons of mass destruction and biodefense at the White House National Security Council. That is according to a farewell email Morrison […]

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Huntington Ingalls Sees Mega Earnings Boost on Lower Taxes in Second Quarter

Lower taxes, the gift that just keeps giving this year for corporations, combined with a pension benefit, propelled Huntington Ingalls Industries to a hefty increase in earnings despite a dip in operating profit at the segment level. Net income soared 63 percent to $239 million, or $5.40 a share, from $147 million, or $3.21 a […]

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Publication Notice

The ExchangeMonitor is taking its August recess, and Nuclear Security & Deterrence Monitor will not be published during the second and third weeks of the month. We’ll still be in the office, so keep the news tips coming, and look for the next weekly newsletter in your inbox on Friday, Aug. 24.

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Savannah River Site Management Contract Extended Through July 2019

With one day left to spare, the U.S. Energy Department announced Monday that it would extend by one year the contract for the Savannah River Site’s management and operations provider. The initial contract for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), a 10-year deal worth $9.5 billion, was set to expire on July 31. In its press […]

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