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                                  National Nuclear Security Administration Monthly News

                                                                                       Small Biz
                                                                                         In May, NNSA Administrator
                                                                                       Thomas D'Agostino was the
                                                                                       keynote speaker on behalf of the
                                                                                       Obama Administration at the
                                                                                       DOE's Annual Small Business
                                                                                       Conference and Expo in Kansas
                                                                                       City, Mo. Following the opening
                                                                                       remarks by local, state,
                                                                                       congressional and federal officials,
  DOE AND NNSA RESPOND: A team member works on Aerial Measurement                      D'Agostino hosted a detailed
  System flight data collection following the situation at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear   breakout session with 15 small
  power station. See pages 4 and 5 for more on DOE and NNSA’s roles in
  response to the crisis in Japan.
                                                                                       business owners on ways the
                                                                                       Department of Energy and small
                                                                                       businesses could increase their
NNSA Releases Strategic Plan,                                                          mutually beneficial business
Goals for the Next Decade                                                                 With over 1,600 attendees, the
   On May 18, NNSA released its new 2011 Strategic Plan, which                         annual event featured plenary
details how NNSA will invest in the future, build the nuclear security                 sessions, educational workshops,
enterprise required to implement President Obama's nuclear security                    an Exhibit Hall with over 200
agenda, enhance global security, and continue to improve the way the                   exhibitors/sponsors, as well as
                                             enterprise does business.                                             (continued on page 2)

 NNSA’s Five Key Goals
                                                 As we move to
                                              "OneNNSA," the Strategic                 In This Issue
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                                              Plan will serve as an outline             NNSA Second Z Plutonium
 1. Reduce nuclear dangers;                  of NNSA's goals for the next
 2. Manage the nuclear weapons                                                          Experiment Tests Materials
                                             decade and a guide for
    stockpile and advance naval                                                         for NNSA................................................3
                                             planning, programming and
    nuclear propulsion;                      budgeting processes.
 3. Modernize the NNSA                           The release of the plan                NNSA and DOE Teams Play
    infrastructure;                          came a week after the                      Critical Role in Response to
 4. Strengthen the science,                  Department of Energy                       Japan Crisis.........................................4
    technology, and engineering              (DOE) announced the
    base; and,                               release of its own 2011                    Pantex is Prepared With
 5. Drive an integrated and effective Strategic Plan. As part of                        Satellite-enabled Incident
    enterprise.                              the rollout, Administrator                 Command Vehicle.............................7
                                             Thomas D'Agostino held a
                                             conference call with            
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                                                         Administrator’s Corner                                                                             2010 SAFETY
       In May we released the first new NNSA Strategic Plan since I became Administrator.                                                                   PROFESSIONALS OF
     A lot has changed since the 2006 plan was issued. Now, for the first time since the end of                                                             THE YEAR:
    the Cold War, we have a broad national consensus on the role nuclear weapons play in our                                                                Gary Griess of the Nevada
    defense and what is required to modernize our deterrent and the enterprise that supports it.                                                            Site Office (far left) and Bryan
        As we work to build "OneNNSA," a single integrated enterprise that is organized to                                                                  Rhodes of B&W Pantex (far
    successfully complete the NNSA mission, the 2011 Strategic Plan will serve as an outline of                                                             right) were recently honored
                                                                                                                                                            by NNSA’s Administrator
    NNSA's goals for the next decade and a guide for its planning, programming and budgeting processes.                                                     Thomas D'Agostino and
    It is our roadmap for investing in our future, implementing the President's nuclear security agenda, and                                                Principal Deputy
    improving the way we do business.                                                                                                                       Administrator Neile Miller as
         This plan follows on the heels of the President's 2009 speech on nuclear security in Prague, the                                                   recipients of the federal and
    releases of the Nuclear Posture Review and the new government-wide National Security Strategy in 2010,                                                  contractor Safety
    and – of course – the Department of Energy's strategic plan.                                                                                            Professionals of the Year
                                                                                                                                                            Award for 2010.
         We are building on the Nation's renewed commitment to nuclear security. To enhance global and national
    security, the NNSA is strengthening its ability to ensure that we have the people, tools and information
    required to address the broader set of national security needs, including renewal of our facilities. We will
    execute our mission with the high level of safety, security, ethical, fiscal, and environmental responsibility
    the Nation expects.
        As I see it, our strategy can be broken down into five clear and simple goals. Together, we will:
    1. Reduce nuclear dangers;
                                                                                                                                                     NNSA Second Z Plutonium Experiment
    2. Manage the nuclear weapons stockpile and advance naval nuclear propulsion;
    3. Modernize the NNSA infrastructure;
                                                                                                                                                     Tests Materials for NNSA
                                                                                                                                                        Researchers from Sandia and                  nuclear stockpile safe, secure and              capable of performing 200
    4. Strengthen the science, technology, and engineering base; and,
                                                                                                                                                    Los Alamos national laboratories                 effective.                                      "shots," or experiments, every
    5. Drive an integrated and effective enterprise.
         This is our vision for transforming NNSA from a nuclear weapons complex to a 21st century Nuclear                                          recently completed the second                        "The second successful                      year. Experiments with
    Security Enterprise to address the nuclear and national security challenges of this century. Each and every                                     experiment in the past six months                experiment exploring the properties             plutonium require more care and
    one of you is an essential ingredient in achieving this vision. As we move forward, I am blessed to represent                                   at Sandia's Z Machine to explore                 of plutonium materials at the Z                 are done relatively infrequently.
    the outstanding national security professionals of the NNSA, a team anchored in technical excellence and                                        the properties of plutonium                      Machine helps implement President                   The experiment is a
    unwavering commitment. Thank you for everything you do.                                                                                                                                                                 Obama's                  continuation of studies
                                                                                                  Tom D’Agostino                                                                                                            nuclear                  performed at Sandia prior to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            security                 major refurbishment of the Z
    D'Agostino Addresses Small Biz Conference                                        NNSA Releases Strategic Plan,                                                                                                          agenda while             Machine in 2007, which
    (continued from page 1)                                                          Goals for the Next Decade                                                                                                              maintaining              increased its output of electrical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the safety,              energy from 18 mega amperes
    business matchmaking sessions. Attendees represented all                         (continued from page 1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            security and             to 26 mega amperes. This
    levels of federal, state, and local government agencies, the small                reporters from across the country
    business community, large/prime contractors, minority                                                                                                                                                                   effectiveness            enables Z researchers to gather
                                                                                      highlighting the importance of NNSA's                                                                                                 of the
    educational institutions, and many more individual entrepreneurs.                                                                                                                                                                                data from materials subjected to
                                                                                      mission and the critical role NNSA's
       In his remarks titled "Investing in the Future Means Investing in                                                                                                                                                    nuclear                  conditions that more closely
                                                                                      workforce plays in executing it.
    Small Businesses," D'Agostino noted that small businesses                                                                                                                                                               weapon                   resemble those found in nuclear
                                                                                         The Strategic Plan outlines the
    create about two of every three new jobs in America each year,                    Administrator's vision for how we will                                                                                                stockpile                weapons, the cores of planets
    and that more than half of working Americans own or work for a                    build "OneNNSA," and how the nuclear                                                                                                  without                  and stars.
    small business. For NNSA, Administrator D'Agostino said "small                    security enterprise will implement the                                                                                                underground                  "By applying lessons learned
    business is good business" because small business contracting                     mission areas highlighted in the DOE                                                                                                   nuclear                 from the first plutonium
    helps reduce overhead costs and "helps us be more efficient in                    Strategic Plan, including stockpile                                                                                                    testing,"               experiment on the refurbished Z
    the use of taxpayer dollars."                                                     stewardship, nuclear nonproliferation,                         SECOND SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT: Workmen at Sandia’s Z                     said Don                facility last November, our staff
        The largest civilian contracting agency within the Federal                    counterterrorism and emergency                                 machine test for any energy irregularities at the huge machine’s core   Cook, NNSA              significantly improved the
    government, the Department of Energy has more than doubled its                    response, and powering the nuclear                             prior to setting up for another experiment.                             deputy                  operational efficiency for this
    total small business achievement over the last decade – from                      Navy.                                                                                                                                  administrator           second experiment and safely
    $3.8 billion in FY 2000 to $7.7 billion in 2010. The NNSA's federal                  The Plan highlights Administrator                          materials under extreme pressures                for Defense Programs.                           provided high-quality, mission-
    offices alone obligated $396 million in small business contracts in               D'Agostino's five key goals for NNSA and                      and temperatures. The information,                   The Z Machine – the Earth's                 critical data, said Keith Matzen,
    2010, while seven Management & Operating partners obligated                       includes select initiatives to make those                     from routine experiments such as                 most powerful and efficient                     director of Sandia's Pulsed
    almost $2 billion on small business contacts in the same year.                    goals a reality. It can be read online at                     this, is used to keep the U.S.                   laboratory radiation source – is                Power Program. "Once again I
    This occurred across the NNSA enterprise in places like Kansas                                                                                                                                    am very proud of the Z team."
    City, home to NNSA's Kansas City Plant.
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                           NNSA and DOE Teams Play Critical Role in
                                                        Response to Japan Crisis
     Over the past two months,                   aerial detection missions per day
 NNSA and DOE teams have been                    using NNSA and DOE deployed
 on the ground in Japan following                equipment on U.S. Air Force
 the situation at Fukushima Daiichi              aircraft. AMS missions have been                                                                                                                                        “Our ability to respond to this
 nuclear power station.                          conducted over U.S. installations
     Using data recorded from its                and in the area near the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         crisis is the latest example of
 Aerial Measuring System (AMS)                   Fukushima Daiichi plants. CMRT                                                                                                                                          the vital and diverse role we
 and ground detectors along with                 ground monitoring personnel have
 Consequence Management                          conducted daily monitoring at the                                                                                                                                       play in implementing the
 Response Teams (CMRT), NNSA                     U.S. Embassy, U.S. military
 and DOE have been working to                    installations, and in support of                                                                                                                                        President’s nuclear security
                                                 "ground truth" measurements for
 support the State Department to
 advise American citizens on                     AMS.
 protective action and evacuation                   The Radiation Emergency                                                                                                                                                        NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino
 guidelines; support the                         Assistance Center and Training
 Department of Defense to safely                 Site and Triage capability have
 conduct humanitarian assistance                 also been providing support to the
 and disaster relief operations, and             response operations.
 to provide advice on the departure                 The Savannah River Site and
 and return of military dependents;              Lawrence Livermore National
 and support the Government of                   Laboratory have provided expert
 Japan through the State                         analysis of air and soil samples                    SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT AIDES JAPAN: More than 17,000 lbs of equipment was loaded onto an
                                                 collected by both U.S. and                          Air Force C-17 in Las Vegas, Nev. The equipment and highly trained nuclear emergency response
 Department in developing
                                                                                                     personnel were sent to Japan as part of the Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security
 guidelines for population relocation            Japanese teams.                                     Administration's effort to assist Japanese personnel with nuclear issues.
 and impacts on agricultural lands.
    All of that support took a lot of
 work from a large and dedicated
    On March 11, the Nuclear
 Incident Team stood up at DOE                               With everyone working together from across the globe, the accomplishments have
 headquarters and began                                      been impressive. As of May 17, NNSA and DOE efforts have included:
 continuous 24/7 operations; the
 National Atmospheric Release                                     A deployment footprint of up to 45 people concurrently in Japan.
 Advisory Center stood up to
 provide atmospheric modeling                                     85 Aerial Measuring System missions totaling 507 flight hours flown on fixed wing (C-12) and rotary wing
 projection; and the Consequence                                  (UH-1) aircraft from the 459th squadron of the 374th Wing at Yokota AB.
 Management Home Team (CMHT)
 stood up to support data collection                              Twice daily situation reports released by the Nuclear Incident Team since March 12.
 and analysis efforts.
    On March 14, NNSA and DOE                                     More than 280,000 data points collected from DOE, DoD, and Japanese teams. Since March 12, DOE
 deployed more than 30 individuals                                released daily data updates to the U.S. interagency community and the Japanese response officials.
 and 17,200 lbs of equipment to                                                                                                                                                                                               HIGH TECH SUPPORT: A high-resolution plotter/printer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              capable of generating data maps for Department of
 Yokota Air Base, including a CMRT                                779 samples, including 89 soil samples requested by the Japanese government, processed by DOE                                                               Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration
 and AMS personnel and                                            laboratories. 98 requests for assistance received by REAC/TS.                                                                                               personnel, is readied for loading. The state-of-the-art
 equipment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   equipment was used to support the DOE and NNSA
 AMS has conducted up to three                                                                                                                                                                                                efforts to assist Japan.
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The Science of Nuclear Security                                                                                                                       Pantex is Prepared With                                                           NNSA
                                                                                                                                                      Satellite-enabled Incident                                                        Streamlines
NNSA Successfully Begins New Campaign of                                                                                                              Command Vehicle                                                                   Functional
Verification Experiments at NNSS                                                                                                                         Communications during a real event is crucial, at times
                                                                                                                                                      resulting in lives saved and property protected. Pantex's new                     Responsibilities
    The first of a new kind of experiment aimed at improving arms                        pounds of chemical high                                      Incident Command Vehicle (ICV) features a satellite-based
control and nonproliferation treaty verification was recently conducted                  explosives.                                                  communications network designed to go where the action is.                            As part of the new 2011 NNSA Strategic
by NNSA at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).                                         "Integrating the requirements                               Unique to the National Nuclear Security Administration                         Plan, the agency is working to drive toward
    The new experiments, called Source Physics Experiments (SPE),                        and needs of the laboratories and                                                                                                              OneNNSA – a fully integrated enterprise
                                                                                                                                                      complex, the ICV was built from the ground up to enable incident
will provide ground truth data to enhance the nation's ability to detect                 other federal agencies has been a                                                                                                              that operates efficiently, is organized to
                                                                                                                                                      commanders to travel where necessary during real events or
and discriminate "low-yield" nuclear explosions amid the clutter of                      hallmark of the NNSS," said Steve                                                                                                              succeed, performs work seamlessly, and
                                                                                         Mellington, manager of the                                   exercises and communicate via satellite using data, voice or
conventional explosions and small earthquake signals.                                                                                                                                                                                   speaks with one voice. Consistent with that
                                                                                         NNSA's Nevada Site Office. "With                             video teleconferencing – unclassified or classified – in an
    Source Physics Experiments are an example of the expanded role                                                                                                                                                                      vision, Principal Deputy Administrator Neile
                                                                                         the conduct of the Source                                    enclosed work environment.
NNSS is playing in the nation's nuclear security strategy. In August                                                                                                                                                                    Miller traveled to Albuquerque in May to brief
2010, NNSA announced a new name for the site, which better reflects                      Physics Experiment, the NNSS                                    Though the Emergency Communications Network is a DOE
                                                                                         demonstrates its role to meet the                            capability provided to all DOE sites, Pantex chose this style and                 the NNSA workforce on the new functional
the diverse and unique capabilities that exist at NNSS. This SPE was
                                                                                         future national security                                                                                                                       reporting structure that will be implemented
the first of its kind since the expansion of the NNSS mission.
                                                                                         requirements of our agency and                                                                                                                 at the Service Center.
    "By conducting this experiment the United States can validate and
improve seismic models and the use of new generation technology to                       our country, and our commitment                                                                                                                    As the next step in efforts to drive toward
further monitor countries' compliance with the Comprehensive                             to investing in the future."                                                                                                                   an integrated nuclear security enterprise,
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," said Anne Harrington, NNSA deputy                                  This collaborative effort by the                                                                                                           reporting responsibilities have been
administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. "The experiment                      NNSA and its national laboratories                                                                                                             streamlined for the mission support
marks an important step in strengthening the relationship of the NNSS                    and the Department of Defense                                                                                                                  elements working in Albuquerque.
and NNSA's Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation programs while                               allowed each entity to bring its                                                                                                               Previously, NNSA had teams of human
implementing President Obama's nuclear security agenda."                                 expertise and resources to the                                                                                                                 resources, general counsel, public affairs,
    The experiment was conducted by the NNSS management and                              experiment and ultimately share in                                                                                                             procurement, financial management, and
operations contractor National Security Technologies in partnership                      the data obtained. This saves the                                                                                                              information technology professionals
with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National                         government the expense of                                                                                                                      working in parallel at headquarters and at
Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Department of                           conducting separate experiments                                                                                                                the Service Center, but reporting through
Defense's, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The experiment was                           for each group of scientists who                                                                                                               different management chains. As we move
conducted 180 feet beneath the surface of Area 15 at NNSS using 220                      need the data to validate models.                                                                                                              forward based on the recent realignment in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Albuquerque, NNSA will have OneHR,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OneGC, OneCIO, OneFinancial
NNSA Receives Defense Logistics Agency                                                                                                                   MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS: The Pantex Plant's Incident Command
                                                                                                                                                         Vehicle enables flexibility to incident commanders and responders to
                                                                                                                                                         conduct operations and communicate from wherever they need to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Management, and OneProcurement, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        each of those functional areas reporting to
Customer of the Year Award                                                                                                                               during an emergency.                                                           their headquarters functional leads. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        will enable those areas to be functionally
   The National Nuclear Security             hazardous product owned by                  storage pending the final agency-                                                                                                              aligned in a way that generates enterprise-
Administration (NNSA) has received           DLA Energy."                                to-agency transfer was                                       arrangement because it gives incident commanders more tools                       wide solutions to enterprise-wide
the Defense Logistics Agency                    As a partner, DOE's NNSA                 partnership at its truest level.                             to do their jobs. The ICV seats two in the cab, can house eight                   requirements, while allowing greater
(DLA) Customer of the Year Award             supports DLA Energy in the                  NNSA's extraordinary efforts                                 at desks in the working section and features heating and air                      access to a wider range of strategic
for providing secure storage and full        proper storage and safeguarding             demonstrated its commitment to                               conditioning, electricity, radios, computers, telephones, video                   business services to support our mission.
inventory accountability of a                of deuterium oxide, more                    DLA's vision of utilizing other                              conferencing, maps and other equipment.                                           Employees will continue to perform the
hazardous product owned by DLA               commonly known as heavy                     agency resources that save                                                                                           (continued on page 8)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        same critical mission support functions, but
Energy.                                      water.                                      taxpayer dollars.                                                                                                                              with a more streamlined and efficient
   The award cites that NNSA                    In addition, the award cites                 DLA's inventory of heavy water                            NNSA News is published monthly by the Office of Congressional,                   reporting structure that helps move toward
"eagerly endeavored to serve the             that NNSA's contribution to                 product is of domestic origin and                             Intergovernmental and Public Affairs.                                            the creation of a single integrated
nation's security interests and              providing superior administrative           as such is significant to national                                                                                                             enterprise.
protect the environment by                   assistance, exceptional                     security interests. DLA Energy                                EDITORS: William Gibbons, Damien LaVera, Tracy Loughead,                             Working together, the workforce can
                                                                                                                                                       Josh McConaha, Robert Middaugh, Michael Padilla, Al Stotts.
providing secure storage and full            guidance and continued                      utilized the heavy water as a                                                                                                                  make NNSA a model for efficiency and
inventory accountability of a                specialized surveillance and                                   (continued on page 8)                      ASSISTANT EDITOR AND DESIGN: Barbara L. Courtney                                 integration.
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NNSA Places 56 Participants Throughout
Enterprise as Part of Military Academic
Collaborations Program
   NNSA's Office of Defense                dedicated mentor.                              nuclear security agenda."
Programs has placed 56                         "We are excited about the                      The program is a collaboration
participants this spring throughout        overwhelming amount of interest in             between NNSA's laboratories,
the country as part of its Military        NNSA's Military Academic                       production sites and the U.S.
Academic Collaborations (MAC)              Collaborations program," said Brig.            Military Academies and ROTC
program.                                   Gen. Sandra Finan, principal                   programs at universities
   The 56 cadets and                       assistant deputy administrator for             throughout the country.
midshipmen will participate at             Military Application at NNSA.                      The goal of the program is to
Lawrence Livermore National                "Recruiting and retaining the next             place military academy cadets/
Laboratory, Los Alamos National            generation of nuclear security                 midshipmen and officers in tours
Laboratory, Sandia National                professionals and building a strong            of duty within science, technology,
Laboratories, Nevada National              core of science and technology are             engineering, national security and
Security Site and Pantex.                  cornerstones of our effort to invest           relevant fields at any of the NNSA
Participants are from The Citadel,         in the future of a modern nuclear              sites.
United States Military Academy at          security enterprise. Initiatives like              Participants from the
West Point, the Naval Academy,             the MAC programs are an excellent              Department of Defense will
the Air Force Academy, the Coast           opportunity for military academy               expand their understanding of the
Guard Academy and Reserve                  cadets, midshipmen, ROTC                       NNSA national security enterprise
Officer Training Corps (ROTC)              students, and faculty to be part of            and DoD programs while working
candidates. Participants will work         the enterprise that helps keep the             closely with nationally recognized
closely with senior researchers or         American people safe by                        staff and researchers on national
teams and have the benefit of a            maintaining our nuclear stockpile              security programs.
                                           and implementing the President's

NNSA Receives Defense                      Pantex is Prepared with Satellite-enabled
Logistics Agency Customer                  Incident Command Vehicle
of the Year Award                         (continued from page 7)
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                                               “We wanted to be able to provide the most reliable means to
feedstock for deuterium, which             communicate between the Incident Command Team and anyone they
is used in laser weapons.                  need communications with," said Scott Nelson, Emergency Services
    When the laser programs                Dispatch Center section manager. "If a real event occurs at Pantex and
were discontinued, NNSA                    this vehicle is used, you can be assured the incident commanders inside
worked with DLA Energy to take             it are getting the best resources available."
ownership of the excess heavy                   Pantex Emergency Management Department, Fire Department,
water and deuterium in DLA’s               Information Technology, Cyber Security, Safeguards and Security, and the
inventory.                                 Projects Division at the Pantex Plant were all involved in the project.
    The transfer of the                         "I'm always excited when we can bring a tool online that will save
hazardous products required                lives," said Nelson. "I have been working in the emergency world for 24
high-level and specialized                 years in either law enforcement, fire departments or emergency medical
coordination. The NNSA                     services. Bringing this type of communications system to the field for
partnership aided in the timely            responders to use is a huge leap forward for our site."
resolution to DLA's imminent                     The ICV's satellite communications system was installed by the
requirement to seek suitable               Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis Air Force Base, and the same
secure storage or safe                     satellite capability is available at Pantex's Emergency Operations Center
disposition of these products.             and at the Alternate Emergency Operations Center.


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