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Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- President Donald J. Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law during a White House ceremony Dec. 12.The act calls for $626 billion for the department's base budget and another $66 billion for operations. The act includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel.The act authorizes the department to spend money but [...]

USS John S McCain Returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka

From Commander, U.S. 7the Fleet Public Affairs Office YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Dec. 13.John S. McCain arrived in Tokyo Bay aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure Dec. 5. For several days, crews prepared the ship for safe offload prior to being towed [...]

Four scientists win the Los Alamos Medal

Cram, Deaven, Menlove and Moyzis receive Laboratory’s highest honor LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Dec. 13, 2017—Los Alamos National Laboratory will award four former researchers with the Los Alamos Medal for their scientific contributions. Scott Cram, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis and Howard Menlove will receive the award, the highest honor bestowed by the Laboratory. The team of Cram, Deaven, and Moyzis are [...]

Op-ed | Remembering America’s fallen space heroes

Tucked into the details of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed into law Dec. 12 is a long overdue recognition of the first American astronauts who were lost in service to their country while practicing for a mission – a provision authorizing a memorial to the crew at Arlington National Cemetery. Just over 50 years ago, [...]

Sandia recognized for Stockpile Stewardship Program excellence

More than 270 Sandia National Laboratories employees and partners on 11 different teams were recently presented with NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence for their contributions to the maintenance of our nation’s nuclear deterrent. “A true strength at Sandia is its diversity of knowledge and its ability to assemble multidisciplinary teams to address the country’s most challenging national security problems,” [...]

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Returns to Washington After Deployment

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Washington-based ships assigned to Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 returned Dec. 10, just in time for the upcoming holidays following a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf.The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), with embarked CSG-11, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) [...]

Tethers Unlimited expands to fulfill additive manufacturing orders

SAN FRANCISCO — Tethers Unlimited, one of three companies NASA selected Dec. 7 to build a prototype space-based 3-D printer called FabLab has grown dramatically in recent years due to interest among government and commercial customers in this type of work. NASA selected Tethers Unlimited of Bothell, Washington, Techshot of Greenville, Indiana, and Interlog Corp. of Anaheim, California, to build ground-based [...]

CFC giving heats up with charity chili cook-off

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is one of the largest workplace giving initiatives in the world. In its 56-year history, it has raised over $8 billion for hundreds of different charity organizations. This week Loida Begly, an engineer with the NNSA Office of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations, and the Department of Energy’s Monja Vadnais, helped organize a “Fire and Ice” [...]

Space commander enthusiastic about NDAA reforms

WASHINGTON — Air Force Space Command chief Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond has nothing but praise for Congress for the recently passed defense policy bill. And for obvious reasons. Air Force Space Command emerged as a big winner in the reorganization of the national security space enterprise directed by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. [...]

Space modernization up in the air as budget fight continues

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders on Thursday agreed to fund the federal government until Dec. 22 while parties continue to hash out major disagreements over spending priorities. A stopgap measure means the Defense Department must continue to operate at the 2017 base budget level of $523.2 billion, far less than the $574.5 billion requested by the Trump administration for the 2018 budget year [...]

Independent review to examine JWST launch plans

WASHINGTON — NASA will provide an updated launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope early next year, even as some warn that the mission might face further delays. At a Dec. 6 hearing of the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said the revised launch date would come after an independent review of [...]

NNSA partners with the Philippines to identify and repatriate U.S.-origin radiological material

NNSA’s Office of Radiological Security (ORS), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) recently completed a two-year process of conditioning and repatriating U.S.-origin radioactive sources from the Philippines.  As part of NNSA’s mission to protect radiological material used for medical, industrial, educational, and other peaceful purposes, ORS and partner countries collaborate to protect this [...]

Graduate Fellow Feature: Andrew Peoples

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a unique opportunity for recent graduates to join the Nuclear Security Enterprise. These full-time, salaried positions offer a year of specialized, on-the-job training and the chance to tackle real-world challenges in one of NNSA’s program offices. Fellows develop technical and leadership skills to launch their careers with a full immersion in one of [...]

Russia looks past Soyuz-2 failure to Soyuz-5

The article originally ran in the Dec. 4 issue of SpaceNews Magazine as “Like a Phoenix, Russia looks past Soyuz-2 to Soyuz-5.” MOSCOW — Try as they might, the Russian space program is having a hard time sustaining a positive news cycle. For every small step forward, it seems they take one giant leap back. Budget cuts, program delays, and regular [...]

Relativity Space aims to 3D print entire launch vehicles

This article originally appeared as “A relativistic shift in launch vehicle manufacturing” in the Nov. 20 issue of SpaceNews Magazine There’s no question that additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has become an important technology in the aerospace industry. A growing number of companies are using the technology to make components for satellites and launch vehicles that are lighter or less expensive [...]