2016 Fed IT Profile: Consolidated Nuclear Security

Federal IT Top 100 Rank: No. 9

$1.61 billion

Federal IT executive: Michelle Reichert, deputy enterprise manager

When the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration announced in 2013 that it had awarded a contract to Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC to manage and operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Pantex Plant, near Amarillo, Texas, a key objective was moving the two nuclear weapons stockpile sites toward becoming fully integrated enterprise.

That also meant orchestrating the information technology to tie the operations together.

With more than a thousand miles separating the sites and decades of operating independently, becoming one team is a formidable challenge, but it makes sense, officials say. For Pantex and Y-12, delivering the mission should be a shared responsibility, finding smarter ways to integrate resources, eliminate redundancies, tackle shared problems and break up bottlenecks. That, in turn, helps to better meet mission requirements at both sites.

To meld Pantex and Y-12 into one team, NNSA officials decided that a coalition of companies would best accomplish the job. Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) comprises member companies Bechtel National Inc.; Lockheed Martin Services Inc.; Orbital ATK Inc.; and SOC LLC, with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. as a teaming subcontractor.

Three years later, CNS is making strides toward achieving that goal, company officials say. The production sites play an essential role in the nation’s defense and nonproliferation strategy. The two sites’ missions are intertwined and now so are many of their operations.

Factoring out non-IT related revenue, IDC Government Insights estimates the federal government bought $1.61 billion worth of IT services from CNS during the government’s fiscal year 2015, putting it No. 9 in the 2016 Federal IT Top 100 rankings. (Read the full story here.)

“Our CNS team is accomplishing integration on a scale that has never been done before within the Nuclear Security Enterprise,” said Darrell Graddy, CNS’ vice president for operations support. “We’ve already made a lot of progress, but there is still more that can be done.”

Together, Pantex and Y-12, and Savannah River are integral parts of NNSA’s nuclear production efforts, delivering products and services focused on surveillance and maintenance of the nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile. Each site provides unique capabilities in areas such as high explosives, precision machining and tritium production. 

— Richard W. Walker

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