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The US Administration has issued an Executive Order on Promoting Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration, which it says will further revitalise the US nuclear energy sector and reinvigorate its space exploration programme. This includes directives to demonstrate the use of microreactors on military bases and also to ensure a viable US-origin supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU).

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
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US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced on 31 March that the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme exercised contract options in Q1 2020 with BWXT’s subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) totalling approximately $128 million for fuel manufacturing work in support of US nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Work under this 12-month contract is expected to begin later this year.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
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The US is heavily dependent on foreign countries for 31 minerals designated as “critical” to national security by the Department of Defence, including uranium for nuclear reactors and fluorspar, which is used in nuclear fuel, Forrest Remick, emeritus professor of nuclear engineering at Pennsylvania State University, wrote in Penn Live.

Mr Remick, who is also a retired commissioner of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said US dependence on foreign minerals has doubled in the past 20 years and called for “a diverse supply chain” for minerals including uranium.

He said the US imports 93% of its uranium needs, and a large share comes from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, whose state-owned companies are flooding the global market and driving free-market companies out of business.

Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
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Uranium imports do not threaten the national security of the USA, President Donald Trump has decided in his response to the Uranium Miners’ Section 232 Petition. He did however call for a "fuller analysis" of national security considerations with respect to the entire nuclear fuel supply chain.

Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2019
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US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on 11 October limiting sales of its civil nuclear technology to China on the grounds that it could be diverted for military and other unauthorised purposes.

Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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The US Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier - the Gerald R Ford - has been formally commissioned by President Donald Trump at a ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia.

Date: Monday, 24 July 2017
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US nuclear contractor and vendor Babcock & Wilcox subsidiaries have lost management and operations contracts for two key US military sites, but other subsidiaries have won US naval reactors work.

Date: Friday, 28 February 2014
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It is now 75 years since the discovery of nuclear fission by Otto Hahn and colleagues in Berlin. It is also 60 years after US president Dwight Eisenhower's UN address later known as the 'Atoms for Peace' speech, which essentially started the international nuclear supply industry.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2014
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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin, whose nuclear systems and solutions (NS&S) division will design and manufacture the main reactor control room systems for GEH’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactors (ESBWR).

Date: Thursday, 17 February 2011
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B&W subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc.has been awarded a US military supply contract with a base value of $807 million ($2 billion with options). The contract is for the manufacture of nuclear components to support U.S. defense programs including the manufacture of naval nuclear power systems for submarines and aircraft carriers. The work will be performed over a 10-year period, beginning in January 2011.

Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2011
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