Sala & Associates Projects
Conventional Trident Modification Program
The Conventional Trident Modification program was developed based on a 2001 comprehensive review of America's deterrence policy. The goal of this new strategy is to produce a force capable of assuring allies, dissuading competitors, deterring adversaries and if necessary defeating enemies. The conventional missile program will help achieve this goal by providing the capability to defeat threats on short notice without crossing the nuclear threshold. SALA & ASSOCIATES are providing management system support including development of cost, schedule, and technical baselines, inter-division integration, EVMS management and technical support.
Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI)
The AFCI is focused on working together with the international research community to explore the potential of advanced nuclear technologies that can significantly reduce the difficulty of disposing of spent nuclear fuel from power plants. Extensive work on transmutation system studies has provided a framework in which to determine future steps for the development of an advanced nuclear fuel cycle that will reclaim energy contained in spent fuel, provide fuel for future generation reactors, reduce the volume and toxicity of nuclear waste, reduce the proliferation threat posed by plutonium contained in spent fuel, better utilize the geologic repository option, and do so in a safe, cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and proliferation-resistant manner. The overarching goals of the Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Program are to: Reduce the long-term radiological impact of waste; Enable development of a simpler, cheaper repository; Reduce proliferation risk; and Improve long-term prospects for nuclear power. SALA & ASSOCIATES are providing support in the areas of total system studies, fuel development and economic feasibility.
The American Council on Global Nuclear Competitiveness
The American Council on Global Nuclear Competitiveness was formed to educate policymakers and the public on the need to restore U.S. leadership in nuclear energy. Through a U.S.-led nuclear renaissance the US can build a path to prosperity and democracy in the developing world by guaranteeing adequate access to energy that fuels economic growth. SALA & ASSOCIATES are providing support in the areas of long-range and strategic planning, total system integration, and economic feasibility.
On July 23, 2002, the president signed a joint resolution clearing the way for the submission of a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to open and operate Yucca Mountain as a geologic repository for the disposal of high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel. As a result, the Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) will now focus its effort on licensing, building, and operating the repository, and developing the transportation system needed to accept, ship and dispose of waste. SALA & ASSOCIATES are providing support in the areas of long-range and strategic planning, system integration, planning and scheduling.
RTG Safety Basis
On Cassini’s electrical power source — Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) — have provided electrical power for some of the U.S. space program’s greatest successes, including the Apollo lunar landings and the Viking landers that searched for life on Mars. RTGs made possible NASA’s celebrated Voyager explorations of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, as well as the Pioneer missions to Jupiter and Saturn. RTG power sources are enabling the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the international Ulysses mission studying the Sun’s polar regions, and the Cassini mission to Saturn. Extensive studies conducted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) showed that NASA’s Cassini mission, given its science objectives, available launch systems, travel time to its destination and Saturn’s extreme distance from the Sun, requires RTGs. SALA & ASSOCIATES are providing support in developing the safety basis for RTGs.
Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
- Long Range and strategic Planning
DOE Complex-wide Nuclear Material Disposition
- Systems Integration, Long-Range Planning, Technical Expertise
Global Threat Reduction Initiative- SNL
- Project schedule and maintanence, EVMS, Cost Projections, Training
DOE Environmental Management
- Information Systems, Technology Management Systems and support to the Integrated
Planning and Budgeting Information Systems.
DOE Grand Junction Projects Office
- Management Systems, Processes and Procedures, Training
Assessment of the Health Effects from Gulf War use of Depleted Uranium
- Technical Analysis