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Australian Nuclear Sub Effort Could Take Decades, Admiral Says

By Rich Abott Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday on Thursday said the effort to design, build, support and properly oversee Australia’s fleet of nuclear-powered attack submarines under a new deal may take decades. Last week, the U.S., U.K. and Australia announced the new AUKUS partnership to help Australia pursue procurement of its first nuclear-powered attack […]

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King Supports ICBM Refresh on Submarine Fears; Says China Weighs Heavy on Nuclear Posture Review

The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program to replace nuclear-tipped Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles should proceed as planned and the Joe Biden administration’s nuclear posture review will be “unlike any that went before it” because of China’s rise on the world stage, the chair of the Senate Armed Forces strategic forces subcommittee said this week. […]

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Alleged Sandia Swindler Dickering Over Sentence

A dispute about the magnitude of a former employee’s theft from Sandia National Laboratory prompted an assistant U.S. attorney to refuse a request from the defendant’s lawyers that the U.S. District court knock two months off the former lab hand’s potential jail sentence. Joshua Cordova’s lawyers were seeking a 10-month sentence, on the basis that […]

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House Passes Stopgap 2022 Budget; Senate GOP Threatens Fillibuster

The full House this week passed a stopgap spending bill that would essentially freeze federal spending, including at the Department of Energy, at 2021 levels until Dec. 3. It was a party-line vote in the Democratic-majority chamber: 220-211, with one member not voting. The stopgap budget now heads to the Senate, where Republican leaders have […]

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B83 Appears Intact in Senate NDAA; Bill Would Mandate Nuke Review Every Four Years

A service life extension would be authorized for the B83 megaton gravity bomb in 2022 and every new president would have to review U.S. nuclear force posture, if a Senate committee’s version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act becomes law. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) behind […]

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Roundup: SLBM Test; Dell for the Stockpile; Rubbing Elbows at IAEA; More

The USS Wyoming ballistic missile submarine launched a pair of Trident II D5LE missiles from the Eastern Test Range near Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 17, the Navy announced in a press release over the weekend.  The launch of the unarmed missiles were part of Demonstration and Shakedown Operation DASO-31, the Navy wrote in […]

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NNSA Active COVID Cases Hit Summer High in September; Three Deaths This Week

COVID-19 cases and deaths surged across the National Nuclear Security Administration complex in summer’s final month, with active infections hitting levels not seen since November and the agency confirming three new fatalities this week alone. At deadline, 25 people at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) labs, plants and sites were confirmed to have died […]

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U.S., U.K. Will Help Australia Get Nuclear-Powered Attack Subs

In an announcement with implications for a wide cross section of nuclear policy professionals and the nuclear industry, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that Australia will acquire nuclear attack submarines — of origin and fuel type yet to be determined — as part of a new trilateral accord with the U.S. and the U.K. After […]

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Poll Commissioned by Nuke-Friendly Group Shows Broad Support for ICBM Refresh

ARLINGTON, Va. — A new poll commissioned in August by the Mitchell Institute here shows that a bipartisan group of U.S. voters favored acquisition of a new ground-based intercontinental ballistic missile fleet. The online poll, conducted in August 2021 by Washington-based communications firm Seven Letter, sampled 2,150 people who voted in the 2020 election. The […]

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Centrus Signs Three-Year Lease Extension for Centrifuge Facilities in Ohio

In a move necessary to produce hundreds of kilograms of energy-dense, U.S.-origin uranium fuel for DOE, Centrus Energy Corp. extended a lease on Department of Energy buildings at the Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio for three years, through 2025. The buildings support the 16-machine cascade Centrus, Bethesda, Md., is building for DOE under a $115 […]

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