The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) was established as a proving ground to test nuclear weapons. The site is located approximately 65 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada and is bordered by the Nellis Testing Range. Its remote location offers many unique attributes to any organization wanting a safe, secure, and remote location to perform high-hazard non-conventional experiments. With the 1992 moratorium halting nuclear testing, the site was faced with a new mission and challenge to develop unique technology that would demonstrate equivalent results to an actual nuclear test.
National Security Technologies (NSTec) manages a wide range of operations at the Nevada National Security Site, including critical experimental support for nuclear weapons activities, effective waste and restoration programs, and Support for Homeland Defense, including Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive threat reduction, treaties and monitoring, and cyber security. The Polestar Technical Services Las Vegas Office staff supports NSTec Infrastructure Management and Modernization (IMM) Directorate to refurbish, modernize or replace aging NNSS infrastructure to retain and increase capabilities to support national security programs.
The Polestar office is managed by Carlos Ramirez. Carlos and his team provide support to the NSTec Readiness in Technical Base and Facilities (RTBF) program. The team leads various Integration Program Boards and Project Planning of the IMM Construction Program. The program boards and planning activities are an important step in defining the needs, improvements and investment projects to support the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) mission at NNSS.
On October 5, 2015, The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) presented Carlos and each of his team members the 2014 Defense Programs Awards of Excellence at the Nevada Support Facility in North Las Vegas.