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Space policy experts lay out their concerns: Will the Trump administration listen?

WASHINGTON — Officials in the Trump administration have been known to ignore advice from experts. But this White House should listen to what a group of space analysts and scholars have to say, asserts a white paper released Tuesday. The United States needs a “national space policy” that looks broadly at issues like space traffic management, small satellites, proximity operations, [...]

Navy to Launch New Branding Campaign, Tagline at Army—Navy Game

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Army-Navy football game is one of the oldest and most storied contests in the history of collegiate athletics. On Saturday, Dec. 9, in Philadelphia the U.S. Navy will use the occasion to tell a new story about itself, as it launches a new, multifaceted branding campaign aimed at attracting a new generation of recruits.The launch [...]

Google Lunar X Prize teams make last-ditch fundraising appeals

WASHINGTON — With less than four months remaining in the competition, two of the remaining teams in the Google Lunar X Prize are seeking to raise tens of millions of dollars to complete their spacecraft. In a Nov. 29 statement, Israeli team SpaceIL said it needed to raise $20 million by the end of the year, from both the public [...]

Battle brewing in the Pentagon over military space investments

WASHINGTON — The space arms race is accelerating and rivals are closing in on the United States, military officials have warned. But on the question of what to do next, opinions diverge. Military and civilian leaders have warned that the Pentagon is taking for granted its access and dominance in space while adversaries keep plugging away. Electronic weapons now being [...]

NASA expects commercial crew providers to achieve safety requirements

WASHINGTON — As the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles prepare for test flights in the next 12 months, a NASA official said the agency expects those companies to be able to meet, or come close to, stringent safety requirements for those spacecraft. At a Nov. 29 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council’s human exploration and operations committee, Lisa Colloredo, [...]

Computer simulations reveal roots of drug resistance

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Dec. 4, 2017—New supercomputer simulations have revealed the role of transport proteins called efflux pumps in creating drug-resistance in bacteria, research that could lead to improving the drugs’ effectiveness against life-threatening diseases and restoring the efficacy of defunct antibiotics. “By understanding how the pump moves and dynamically behaves, we can potentially find a way to deactivate the [...]

DoD space policy chief: ‘It’s imperative that we innovate’

  WASHINGTON — As competition ratchets up for space dominance, adversaries are poised to challenge the United States, causing real concern among policy makers at the Pentagon. “The threats are moving fast and we need to stay ahead of it,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Stephen Kitay. “We absolutely need to move with urgency,” Kitay told [...]

NNSA General Counsel announces Legal Excellence Award

Ida Hernandez is the recipient of the eighth annual NNSA Office of the General Counsel Legal Excellence Award for her ongoing legal support of the NNSA Freedom of Information Act Program (FOIA). Hernandez was influential in getting the Department of Justice   to seek injunctive relief to prohibit a local government from releasing sensitive federal information in its possession, including personal [...]

Los Alamos research fundamental to first efficacy study for mosaic HIV-1 preventive vaccine

Novel viral analysis approach leads to potential ‘global vaccine’ LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Nov. 30, 2017—Just in time for World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) international partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on [...]

Statement from the NNSA Administrator on the Appointment of a New Director at Los Alamos National Laboratory

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Los Alamos National Security, LLC named Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr. as Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, replacing Dr. Charles F. McMillan, who is retiring December 31. Dr. Wallace has extensive leadership experience managing national security programs as the laboratory's Principal Associate Director for Global Security. A distinguished researcher and innovator, he has been at the [...]

New director named at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Wallace to become director January 1, 2018 LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, Nov. 28, 2017— Dr. Terry Wallace has been appointed Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and President of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The appointments were announced today by Norman J. Pattiz [...]

USS John S McCain Departs Subic Bay En Route to Yokosuka

171128-N-NO824-001 SUBIC BAY, Philippines (Nov. 28, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departs Subic Bay, Philippines aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure, Nov. 28. Treasure will transport McCain to Fleet Activities Yokosuka to undergo repairs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Aaron Van Driessche/Released) November 28, 2017

NNSA, Air Force complete two additional B61-12 Life Extension Program qualification flight tests at Tonopah Test Range

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S Air Force announced today the completion of two qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. Completed November 7-8, 2017, these tests continue a series of qualification flight tests that will be conducted over the next three years.  “These [...]

Navy Identifies Sailors Lost in C—2A Crash

PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- After notifying their families that extensive search and rescue efforts had ended, the Navy identified Lt. Steven Combs, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso Nov. 25 as the three Sailors lost in a C-2A Greyhound crash on Wednesday."Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these Sailors," [...]

Search Ends For Sailors in C—2A Crash

PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy ceased search and rescue operations at 10 a.m. Japan Standard Time Nov. 24, for three Sailors not immediately recovered after a C-2A Greyhound crashed on the afternoon of Nov. 22.USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) led the combined search and rescue efforts with units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). During the course [...]