Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Breakthrough News!

The first concrete steps are happening NOW to have the first real SMR(s) available in just a few short years


--This is the SMR capability we refer to below for supplying Creech AFB with backup power 

--It's also the beginning of the SMR revolution for the Army, soon enabling them to procure and deploy SMR's at operating locations where Assured Power is critical


 The Assured Energy Division (AED) focuses on:   

1)  Integrating Small Modular Reactors (SMR) & secure Microgrids with existing energy sources such as Baseload Power, Wind & Solar to achieve an Assured 24/7/365 Energy Solution for any circumstance.

2)  Informing the Public, Industry and Government leadership about the revolutionary capabilities and clean power potential of Micro/SMR/Mobile Nuclear Power Plants (MNPP) integrated with secure Microgrids.

3)  Serves as Subject Matter Expert on Spent Nuclear Fuel Recycling.

4)  Working with the numerous Pro-Nuclear Environmental Groups to inform them of the intent of this Division.  Scroll down on to view the current list of these organizations.

5) Educating the public and leadership about secure Microgrids, and how they are the solution to the vulnerabilities inherent with the existing National Grid system.   

6)  Showing how stand-alone Micro/Small Modular Reactors/MNPP's in combination with secure Microgrids offer the best source of clean, reliable & uninterruptible power possible for National Security and Commercial use.

7)  Demonstrating how solar, wind, batteries and backup fossil fuel energy systems can all work together with Small Modular Reactors to provide an unequaled Assured Energy capability.  

8)  Conducting technical events on the use of advanced robotics, high speed production lines and systems integration technologies to be established in the vast Nevada desert areas at/near the Nevada National Security Site or elsewhere.  These events can be used to demonstrate how it's possible to safely, quickly and cost-effectively deliver Military-Civilian Dual Use mass-produced nuclear-power systems/secure Microgrids at steadily decreasing prices to domestic and global markets.

9)  Keeps current with future possible sources of energy such as space-based, fusion and  directed.

The AED is a forum for national leadership to engage with Nevada leadership and host national conferences to explore and feature the latest emerging Micro/MNPP/Small Modular Reactors and Microgrid technologies being developed in the United States. 

The initial goal of the AED is to facilitate implementation of America’s first Modular Reactor and secure Microgrid capability at Creech AFB, about 45 miles Northwest of Las Vegas, to provide power 24/7/365, for two to three decades between refueling cycles.  Such an extraordinary capability will enable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operations to remain intact, even if/when the ‘the grid goes down’ for non-expected lengthy periods of time (weeks, months etc.).  Chances are that if ‘the grid goes down’ for such a long a period of time, those RPA operations will be more crucial than ever for protecting America during such a lengthy outage.

The AED is a cross-talk voice between the Military, DOE, Micro/Small Modular Reactor/Mobile Nuclear Power Plants (MNPP) and Microgrid Manufacturers, American Nuclear Society (ANS), State / Local Governments, and Supporting Business Interests.  

With such a wide-open scope of work to prove the utility of the Creech prototype implementation, one will have to demonstrate the maturation and reliability of Micro/Small Modular Reactors, their interface with the newly demonstrated Creech Microgrid, the Civil Engineering interfaces for installation, and the deployment of initial instrumentation to measure safety/operational parameters.  

Upon gaining confidence in the Creech operation, a second Military deployment location will be considered.  This will open the door to multiple installations, mass production of systems, and much lower acquisition and support costs.  SMR/Microgrid transportation and environmental testing in Hot/Cold Weather conditions will be integral to testing.

The AED is additionally well suited to help facilitate and coordinate the high volume of dialog between National Defense Industries, the Nevada National Security Site and the National Laboratories historically involved in nuclear technology R&D.  Production of systems in Nevada could also be significantly enhanced from being a Nuclear Fuel Recycling that regains 97% of the spent fuel energy.

In short, Nevada is the perfect State for bringing the entire Micro/MNPP/Small Modular Reactors con Microgrids capabilities from a conceptual stage to actual implementation at the Nevada National Security site, starting with the Creech AFB implementation.  

With follow-on installations at other critical defense sites, and via recycling/reusing all spent fuel (reclaim up to ~97% of the fuel's initial energy via Recycling) in combination with a Nevada Micro/Small Modular Reactor production line, a paradigm shift in future clean assured energy becomes possible.  

As the new and highly advanced power capabilities are demonstrated at Creech AFB, it can be duplicated, modified and licensed for use in the USA civilian sector.  

Through parallel national security and commercial implementations, the ‘one large national grid’ is methodically  transformed into thousands of more reliable and affordable Microgrids of Clean & efficient Power across the nation.    

AED will work to insure that all types of fossil and renewable sources for generating power will become capable of being retrofitted using new advanced reactor and Microgrid technologies. Applying this expertise will enable modernization of power generation plants without having to replace much of anything except the source and type of heat used to generate steam to power the generators.  

The long range prime goal of all the above is intended to eliminate the risks of the deadly nightmare scenario emerging from "what happens if the Grid goes down for weeks or months at a time". 

AED Focus Areas:

  • Providing a wide variety of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for Micro/MNPP/Small Modular Reactor and Microgrid product developments, in combination with interfacing with existing Baseload and other Renewable expertise.
  • Interface with Creech, State and National Leadership (Military, DOE and Civilian) to define the path forward, and gain active support within Nevada for all aspects of the ongoing Assured Energy Program, including Spent Fuel Recycling.
  • Focal point for all Defense and Commercial Industry involvements, hold regular cross-talk briefings, and conferences in Las Vegas/elsewhere that support this program.
  • Insuring that all work being planned is consistent with the future vision and  implementation as the capabilities multiply. 
  • Be the NDIA SME for Spent Fuel Recycling/interface with DOE, DOD, DHS and all other involved agencies, while being at the  at the forefront of the evolution of a Nevada Energy Assurance Center of Excellence.


The AED works towards:

  • Insuring the successful prototype implementation at Creech, and to constantly serve as a conduit of cross-talk to insure the best technologies are available to insure the greatest chance of success. 
  • The success of Creech serving as a model for reproduction at other Military installations, and for development/implementation of Mobile Nuclear Power Plants.
  • The establishment of a portable Assured Energy capability for the Military, thus eliminating the dependence of burdensome diesel generator requirements at remote sites, not to mention dangerous fuel transport.
  • The implementation of a local Nevada Nuclear Fuel recycling center to insure all Military fueling needs are met for at least the next 1000 years.
  • Work with State and local Governments to insure they understand the safety and reliability of the Military implementation, enabling them to in-turn be quickly agreeable for considering similar systems in the Civilian sector.
  • Advocating  the methodical transformation of the extremely vulnerable USA Grid into thousands of distributed secure Microgrids powered by advanced nuclear power plants acting as local  ‘nuclear batteries’ for decades, and not requiring fuel resupply by surface transportation or pipeline connections.
  • Help get the word out that Bottom Line of this effort is the safety and security of the United States, for without assured access to power, it's likely that the USA would cease to exist 'as we know it' in as little as one month if the ‘grid went down’ for such a period of time.

--With Our Special Thanks and Remembrance to Col. (Ret.) Bob Frank, who started it all...

                AED CONTACTS

(Note, the Acronym "SME" used below means Subject  Matter  Expert)

Assured Energy Division Head

Program Management & Defense Industry SME

Marty Waldman

Nuclear Science, Engineering & Defense Systems SME
Dr. Craig F. Smith, PhD, Nuclear Engineering, UCLA

E.E./Health Physics & Radio-Active Materials SME

Steven P. Curtis

Radiological Emergency Response SME

Ronald Fraass

M.S. Nuclear Engineering,  AFIT 

President, American Nuclear Society, Nevada Section

Nuclear Operations & Safety SME

Dr.  Charles (Chip) Martin, PhD, Nuclear Engineering

     Nuclear Operations & Safety SME 

Executive Committee member of the Nuclear Installation Safety Division of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Chairman of the ANS National Program Committee, Past  President of the ANS, Nevada Section

Microgrid SME

Michael Barriere


Mission/Energy Assurance SME

Douglas Tippet

National Legislative/Political SME

Jim Marchant

Nevada-State Govt. Interface

Robert Cunningham

California Interface

William Gloege

Army Interface SME(s)

Dr. Juan Vitali

Joseph Lamothe

STEM Programs SME

Reggie Richardson

Curriculum Development, Human Resources, Events