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Los Alamos NNSA Shipments to WIPP Still Suspended

National Nuclear Security Administration shipments of transuranic waste from the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., remain suspended following a February drum sparking incident, a spokesperson for the disposal site said Wednesday. “Shipments from LANL-NNSA [Los Alamos National Laboratory-National Nuclear Security Administration] remain paused,” a […]

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Biden, Putin Signal Impending Start of Preliminary Arms Control Talks

The United States and Russia seek to “lay the groundwork for future arms control” with bilateral talks that will start “in the near future,” the presidents of both countries said in a joint statement this week following talks in Geneva. In the English-language statement released Wednesday by the White House, President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, […]

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House’s Ranking Strategic Forces Republican Roasts Acting SecNav Over Cancelling SLCM-N

By suggesting that the Navy cancel a nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile, the service’s acting secretary imperilled arms control negotiations and undercut President Joe Biden, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said during a hearing this week. “Everybody at the Pentagon needs to understand the severity of the actions you have taken and its implications for the United […]

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HASC Delays Full NDAA Markup Until September 1

The House Armed Services Committee will hold its full committee mark-up for the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act on September 1, pushing back the annual process due to the delayed submission of the president’s budget request. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday also announced plans to have its defense and homeland security subcommittees […]

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NRC Approves Increase for Centrus Enrichment Limit in Ohio; HALEU Production Demo Coming Next Year

Centrus Energy Corp., Bethesda, Md., said Monday it is now licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to enrich uranium to about 20% U-235 by weight in Piketon, Ohio — and that company plans a demonstration by early next year. Centrus is under contract to produce high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) for the Department of Energy under […]

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‘No Evidence’ Agency Data Solen in Hack of NNSA Subcontractor, DOE Says

As far as the Department of Energy could tell this week, the hack of a small, veteran-owned consulting business in Albuquerque, N.M., did not compromise any National Nuclear Security Administration data. “The Department of Energy is aware of the cyberattack against Sol Oriens, a veteran-owned consulting firm whose clients include the Department of Energy/National Nuclear […]

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GBSD Armored Against Treaty, Posture Changes, AF Officers Say

The Air Force’s top nuclear procurement officer on Monday positioned the service’s effort to build its next nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile as a way to shore up the nuclear-industrial base for decades and create a weapon that arms control treaties can’t kill. The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), the first lot of which which prime Northrop […]

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Senators Mostly Unmoved by Disarmament Arguments, but King Curious About Sole Launch Authority

The head of the Senate Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is dissatisfied with current legal checks on the President’s authority to launch nuclear weapons, he said in a hearing Wednesday, during which he otherwise offered no other indication that he was eager to disrupt current nuclear weapons policy. The President’s sole authority to launch U.S. […]

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GBSD Armored Against Treaty, Posture Changes, AF Officers Say

The Air Force’s top nuclear procurement officer on Monday positioned the service’s effort to build its next nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile as a way to shore up the nuclear-industrial base for decades and create a weapon that arms control treaties can’t kill. The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), the first lot of which which prime Northrop […]

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DNFSB Chair Expects Progress on Operating Memorandum With DOE This Summer

The head of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board told federal contractors Thursday her agency could approve a memorandum of understanding on its “rules of the road” with the Department of Energy as early as next month. “We did have a great conversation with Deputy Secretary [David] Turk earlier this year and “it looks like […]

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