Synchronizing work on B61 bombs

y12signIn a recent posting on its website, Consolidated Nuclear Security — the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants — cited work on the B61-12 life extension project (which consolidates multiple versions of the bomb and replaces aged parts) as an example of a collaborative work environment and gains made by combining the management of the two facilities in Tennessee and Texas.

Under the heading of “Becoming one team, better together,” CNS said it had synchronized weapons baseline schedules for Y-12 and Pantex. “Both sites jointly reworked the B61-12 Life Extension Program project schedules to include bottom up resource estimates and integration of key subprojects.”

Further, the note said, “The team also consolidated the Earned Value Management System — the method used to plan and measure the cost and progress of large projects — on both unclassified and classified platforms.”

According to James Fine, the CNS senior director of  enterprise planning and controls, “The results of these efforts was the successful B61 integrated baseline review at both sites.”

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