Two nuclear weapons facilities managed under one contract
Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC on Tuesday assumed full responsibility for managing and operating the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. The two nuclear weapons facilities perform missions vital to national security, CNS said in a press release.
The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded CNS the contract to consolidate the two facilities under a single contract. During a four-month transition that began March 3, the CNS team prepared to integrate and operate both facilities to deliver their critical missions with safety, security, quality, and cost efficiency, the press release said.
During the course of transition, CNS completed more than 3,000 scheduled actions, brought on board 7,800 employees, inspected more than 400 facilities, reviewed and approved more than 5,000 procedures, consulted with dozens of community leaders and elected officials, and established the structure and processes for managing the two sites as one enterprise, the release said. Transition activities were completed on schedule and under budget.
“The Pantex and Y-12 sites have proud traditions of contributing to national security and protecting the freedoms we enjoy in this country today,” said Jim Haynes, CNS president and chief executive officer. “We are prepared and ready to build upon these traditions and improve the performance and sustainability of these sites with our NNSA customer and our employees.”
CNS member companies include Bechtel National Inc., Lockheed Martin Services Inc., ATK Launch Systems Inc., and SOC LLC, with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., as a teaming subcontractor. Its five-year contract began Tuesday, July 1, and includes options that could extend the contract another five years.
“We have been looking forward to joining the employees of Pantex and Y-12, and the communities of Amarillo and Oak Ridge, since this competition first began,” Haynes said. “Together with our customer, the talented workforces of our two sites, and the committed leaders of our two host communities, we are well positioned to deliver our national security mission.”
The Pantex Plant and Y‐12 National Security Complex are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, charged with maintaining the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, the press release said. Pantex is responsible for nuclear weapons life extension programs; weapons dismantlement; development, testing, and fabrication of high explosives components; and storage and surveillance of plutonium pits. Y‐12 is responsible for safe and secure uranium storage, processing, and manufacturing operations; supplying fuel for the U.S. Navy; and global non-proliferation.
Here is more information about the members of CNS:
Bechtel is a engineering, project management, and construction company that operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, its 53,000 employees team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries, the press release said.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.
ATK Aerospace Group, which is representing ATK on the Bechtel team, is the world’s top producer of solid rocket propulsion systems and a leading supplier of military and commercial aircraft structures. It also specializes in small and micro-satellites; satellite components and subsystems; lightweight space deployables and solar arrays; low-cost, quick-to-market launch solutions; flares and decoys; and energetic materials and related technologies. The group has extensive experience supporting human and space payload missions, the press release said. ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally.
SOC LLC provides integrated security and mission support carrying out and enabling national security missions globally in support of the U.S. government, international organizations, and corporations, the press release said. Founded as a security contractor supporting the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, and State, SOC has broadened its portfolio to include a wide array of critical mission support, base operations, and professional staffing services. SOC has more than 5,000 highly trained and experienced personnel running some of the most sensitive and complex assignments around the world, the release said.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs approximately 23,000 people, and had revenue of $5.76 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2013. In 2014, Booz Allen celebrates its 100th anniversary year.