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2009-06-05 07:10:00

Providing Interoperable Communications for Federal, State and Local Disaster Response Exercise LAKE MARY, Fla., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- F4W, Inc. (F4W), a software development company focused on delivering easy-to-use and cost-effective communications solutions, announced today the launch of the first statewide "System of Systems" for interoperable communications at the Empire 09 Disaster Response and Management Exercise in Albany, NY. This framework is based on F4W's patented Energo...

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2009-04-10 06:51:28

A new report released Wednesday by the Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network urges the federal government to reduce the nation's weapons complexes to just three sites as a move towards achieving the nuclear arms-free world that President Obama recently spoke about. "The continued existence of large nuclear weapon stockpiles in the United States, and in other countries, does not increase our security, but instead makes it more precarious.  The time for a new approach to...

2009-03-31 09:59:40

The U.S. Department of Energy says the National Nuclear Security Administration has certified the completion of the world's largest laser. Located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility in California, the laser is expected to allow scientists to achieve fusion ignition in the laboratory, obtaining more energy from the target than is provided by the laser. Completion of the National Ignition Facility is a true milestone that will make America safer and more...

2009-01-15 15:05:00

Company to Provide National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Support Services SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a prime contract by The Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) to provide National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) support services. The multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a two year base period...

2008-12-19 11:00:00

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation-led (NYSE: NOC) joint venture National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec) a one-year, cost-reimbursement and operating type contract extension valued at approximately $450 million to manage and operate the Nevada Test Site (NTS) through 2012. This contract extension award was earned through a performance assessment of "outstanding" for...

2008-10-12 12:00:11

By Wendy Leonard Deseret News Critical chemical safety research being done at the University of Utah is being scaled back because of federal budget cuts. The U.S. Department of Energy recently moved ahead on plans to reduce and modernize management of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile -- and in the process slashed grants given to facilities around the country that are developing safe ways to handle such volatile materials. "They have to take care of a lot of things, but they have to...

2008-10-01 15:00:00

By John Fleck Journal Staff Writer A Sandia Labs team helped the Navy figure out how to successfully shoot down a faltering spy satellite last February, officials revealed Tuesday. Researchers specializing in computer simulations of nuclear weapons performance used their skills and Sandia's massive Red Storm supercomputer to help the Navy determine the best way to safely shoot down the satellite, officials at the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., said in a...

2008-06-18 06:00:12

IBM's (NYSE: IBM) history-making hybrid supercomputer, built for the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Los Alamos National Lab, burned its way into the TOP500 Supercomputer record book today as the most powerful system in the world -- by a wide margin. Its sustained performance of 1.02 petaflops (1.02 quadrillion calculations per second) puts the system in a class of its own -- more than three times faster than the nearest non-IBM system. The official results were reported...

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2008-02-28 18:53:08

Change should have little impact on nuclear weapons complexThe kilogram is losing weight and many international scientists, including some at Sandia National Laboratories, agree that it's time to redefine it.Scientists are hoping to redefine the kilogram by basing it on standards of universal constants rather than on an artifact standard.The International Prototype Kilogram (IPK) or "Le Grand K," made in the 1880s, is a bar of platinum-iridium alloy kept in a vault near Paris."The idea is to...

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2008-02-22 08:54:55

Preparing groundwork for an exascale computer is the mission of the new Institute for Advanced Architectures, launched jointly at Sandia and Oak Ridge national laboratories.An exaflop is a thousand times faster than a petaflop, itself a thousand times faster than a teraflop. Teraflop computers - the first was developed 10 years ago at Sandia - currently are the state of the art. They do trillions of calculations a second. Exaflop computers would perform a million trillion calculations per...