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Gillibrand Becomes Second SASC Dem to Announce Presidential Run

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) this week announced her campaign for president in 2020, becoming the second Senate Armed Services Committee member and the third female lawmaker currently on Capitol Hill to announce a bid. Gillibrand, who joined the Senate in 2009, has long been considered a potential Democratic candidate for president. On Tuesday she revealed she […]

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Shutdown Freezes MOX Services Lawsuit Against NNSA

A lawsuit between the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the prime contractor for a canceled plutonium-disposal plant in South Carolina is on hold for the duration of the partial government shutdown, according to a filing with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Judge Thomas Wheeler last week granted the unopposed motion to stay the lawsuit […]

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South Carolina AG Says MOX Penalty Count Restarted on Jan. 1

South Carolina will expect to be paid another $100 million if the federal government by April 10 fails again to remove 1 metric ton of nuclear weapon-usable plutonium from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. Under a 2003 agreement with the federal government, South Carolina is authorized to fine DOE up to $100 million annually […]

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NNSA Nonpro Office to Renew Partnership with Stimson Center

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation plans to continue its relationship with the Washington, D.C.-based Stimson Center for another five years, under a high-level education and public relations contract announced this week. The contract, yet to be awarded, will sustain “ongoing work that is intended to improve the strategic dialogue […]

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Livermore Needs a Week to Fix Broken Glove-Box Windows

It will take Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California about a week to fix broken windows on a glove-box at the lab’s Plutonium Facility, once the work starts. The four windows broke Dec. 19, after a seal connecting the glove-box furnace failed and caused the interior of the system to negatively pressurize, according to a Department […]

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White House Again Proposes Overhaul of DNFSB Leadership

The White House this week teed up a radical reshaping of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), proposing to add two new members to the independent federal watchdog and boot one member. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Trump administration nominated a combined four people to the board. The nominees include new faces and existing board […]

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Heinrich Ascends to Leadership Role in Key SASC Subcommittee

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday announced four leadership changes and other churn among its seven subcommittees for the 116th Congress, but only one gavel hand-off among the Republicans who remain in the majority. Notably for nuclear weapons programs managed by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) became the ranking member of […]

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White House Sends Bookless Back to Senate for No. 2 NNSA Post

The White House this week renominated William Bookless to be principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): the No. 2 post at the semiautonomous Department of Energy nuclear-weapon steward. Bookless was one of more than 150 nominees for senior executive branch jobs sent to the Senate on Wednesday. Many had been nominated […]

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Calvert is New Ranking Member for House Defense Approps

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) will be ranking member for the House Appropriations defense subcommittee for the 116th Congress, his office said this week. Calvert has served in the House since 1993. He was previously a member of the HAC-D subcommittee, serving as vice chairman in the 115th Congress. In a statement Tuesday, Calvert said the […]

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Judge Sitting on Decision About Sending NNSA Plutonium to Nevada

A federal judge had not ruled by early Friday afternoon whether the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) can ship a metric ton of weapon-usable plutonium to the Nevada National Security Site. Judge Miranda Du of the U.S. District Court for Nevada in Reno on Thursday heard arguments from attorneys representing the state of Nevada and […]

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