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Air Force Begins Reinstating Suspended Personnel at Nuclear Launch Site

May 28, 2013 The U.S. Air Force as of last week had reinstated four of 19 personnel who were removed from duty at a nuclear missile installation in North Dakota following recent doubts over their ability to properly do their jobs. “We had 19 crew members at Minot Air Base who were not...

U.S. Aims to Strengthen WMD Interdiction Program at Warsaw Meeting

May 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A large multinational meeting next week offers an opportunity for new, concrete steps to strengthen a U.S.-led program to catch the illicit movement of weapons of mass destruction, a senior State Department official said. The high-level political meeting observing the 10th anniversary of the Proliferation Security Initiative is scheduled for...

Q&A: Iran Nuclear Probe Must Advance, IAEA Chief Says

April 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The investigation of Iran’s nuclear program must be allowed to take on the real concerns at hand rather than remain stuck going “round in circles” in endless talks, according to the United Nations’ top nuclear official. The International Atomic Energy Agency since early 2012 has convened nine meetings with Iranian...

Possible North Korea Nuke Test Emissions Identified

April 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An international nuclear nonproliferation organization said on Tuesday it has identified what appear to be radioactive materials released more than two months ago by North Korea’s third nuclear test. Sensors in Japan and Russia detected the xenon 131m and xenon 133 earlier this month, according to the Preparatory Commission for...

State Department Awards Website Where Nukes Meet Pop Culture

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government is assisting one student’s mission to use popular culture – from Godzilla to Slim Pickens’ wild bomb ride in Stanley Kubrick’s "Dr. Strangelove" – for spreading information on nuclear weapons policy. Monterey Institute of International Studies graduate student Lovely Umayam this month won a $5,000 first prize...

Air Force Nuke Command Could Furlough 2,900 Civilians Under Sequester

February 25, 2013 The U.S. Air Force branch that manages the nation’s nuclear bombers and Intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, will be forced to furlough about 2,900 civilian staffers if large federal budget reductions take hold on Friday. Congressional Republicans and the White House remain at loggerheads over options for avoiding $85 billion...

Nuclear Lab Remains Vulnerable to Cyberstrikes, Energy IG says

February 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A leading U.S. nuclear arms site has taken significant steps in recent years to defend against strikes on its computer systems, but key weaknesses remain to be fixed, the Energy Department’s inspector general said this week. The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico uses a host of information systems...

Budget slashing hits U.S. ability to deal with global dangers, Panetta says

February 6, 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned on Wednesday that looming massive federal budget cutbacks would undermine the nations’ capacity to deal militarily with North Korea and other hot spots around the world. “This is not a game. This is reality,” Panetta said just days before his departure from the Pentagon. Congress...

Airborne nuclear forensics tool being prepared

January 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Air Force and a major national research laboratory are collaborating to deploy a new airborne tool for identifying the origin of a nuclear bomb after detonation. The “Harvester” technology would offer a “modular nuclear debris sampling capability” -- pods that could be attached to manned or drone aircraft...

NNSA selects new firm to manage two nuclear arms sites

January 8, 2013 The National Nuclear Security Administration on Tuesday announced that it had selected a new contractor to manage two key nuclear arms facilities, one of which was the site of a high-profile security breach in 2012. Consolidated Nuclear Security on May 1 will take over operations at the Y-12 National Security...

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