Y-12 contractor puts out feeler for new body armor

IMG_4994The government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, which houses the nation’s primary stockpile of bomb-grade uranium, is shopping around for new body armor for its security guards.

Consolidated Nuclear Security issued a notice seeking “expressions of interest” from companies capable of providing the protective apparel, although the Y-12 contractor said the notice does not constitute an invitation for sealed bids or a request for proposals.

“Responses received will be used for planning purposes and determining candidates for subsequent procurement actions, if any,” CNS stated in the notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities.

The Oak Ridge plant reportedly has more than 500 security police officers, including paramilitary teams trained to fight terrorists and deal with other threats.

According to the information posted by CNS, potential suppliers must be able to demonstrate good past performance on “large, program-level uniform/apparel supply contracts” with the Defense Department, Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Homeland Security and/or the Justice Department.

Consolidated Nuclear Security also manages the Pantex nuclear warhead assembly plant under the same contract with Y-12, but it was not immediately clear if CNS is seeking new body armor for guards at the high-security facility outside Amarillo, Texas.

Companies interested in potentially supplying Y-12 with replacement body armor are asked to submit information to CNS by May 16.

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