B&W Technical Services Y-12 (formerly BWXT Y-12) manages the Y-12 National Security Complex for the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The Y-12 National Security Complex (built as part of the Manhattan Project during WWII) makes, dismantles, refurbishes, stores, and manages nuclear weapons and weapon components; removes and secures nuclear material and equipment from foreign sources, and provides fuel for research and Naval reactors; and works with the Department of Defense and Homeland Security on national security projects such as the Future Medical Shelter System and the Vulnerability Assessment Resource Center. Y-12 is a unit of Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services.
Y-12 is partnering more with government agencies, as well as with the US industrial base. It provides specialized software technologies, originally developed for military purposes, to support industries and institutions in a broad range of manufacturing processes. In late 2010 Y-12 combined its nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation, and global security operations into a new organization called Program Management and Business Development, which will take advantage of of emerging growth areas in related markets.
It appears that there is a revival of nuclear power interest in the US, and Y-12 is paying attention to the predictions that dozens of new reactors will be built over the next 20 years. In 2009 the company formed a joint venture with U.S. Enrichment to produce centrifuge machines for a uranium-enrichment plant in Ohio. The combined venture is known as American Centrifuge Manufacturing LLC, with U.S. Enrichment holding a 55% stake and Y-12's parent company holding 45%.
The company completed upgrades to its nuclear weapons plant with the capability to dismantle special material highly enriched in uranium 235 in late 2010. The project cost was $35 million, but it was initially budgeted at just over $36 million.
In September 2008 the company dedicated its US facility, known as the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, for secure storage of the nation's nuclear materials. Y-12, also called "Fort Knox," owns and handles the surrendered Libyan nuclear stockpile. On the cyber security front, Y-12 introduced keyless entry and diskless technology, allowing engineers to work at faster processing speeds without having to use classified hard drives. The company's Vulnerability Assessment Resource Center works with US facilities to improve the security of weapons and nuclear stockpiles.
Y-12's manufacturing facility provides vital elements of the National Nuclear Security Administration's operations in four strategic areas, including Defense Programs (manufacturing, storage, and stockpile), Nuclear Nonproliferation (nuclear material security), Naval Reactors (uranium processing for Navy), and Complementary Work (mobile hospitals, response training, and access control technology). – less