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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More intelligent debate, less insults

Personal opinion from blog moderator :
The comments on the blog are becoming increasingly derogatory.  Some commenters believe that ,as long  as  they avoid using certain words/ expressions ,somehow their comments are acceptable. No,  they are not!
I always assumed that Labs employees have a certain level of logical and emotional intelligence that help them in debating others in a civil manner.
I stick to the rules posted in this blog but ,recently,  I am convinced I need to filter the comments based on more than common bad words !
A while back,  I did a poll to see if you want to end anonymous posting.  There was an uproar !
A resounding NO.

I have a choice : doing away with anonymous posting or using my judgement to decide what comments to filter out .
I want constructive feedback. Your thoughts?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Gordon-Hagerty confirmed as NNSA administrator

Gordon-Hagerty confirmed as NNSA administrator
FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Oak Ridge Today

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday as the U.S. Department of Energy’s under secretary for nuclear security and administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

“We are excited to welcome Lisa to the DOE team following her confirmation,” Perry said in the press release. “Her knowledge in the national security space, including her history with the department in running the emergency preparedness operation, will be an asset to the National Nuclear Security Administration. I look forward to working with her as she takes the helm in NNSA and thank the Senate for their attention to her nomination.”

Gordon-Hagerty replaces Frank Klotz, a retired Air Force general who had been in the job since 2014 and retired January 19.

Gordon-Hagerty’s nomination was announced in December. The Thursday press release from the NNSA said she has more than 30 years of national security experience, including in nuclear security. Before joining the Trump administration, she was president of Tier Tech International Inc., as well as president and CEO of LEG Inc.

Her previous government service includes stints at the National Security Council, DOE, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. She began her career as a health physicist at DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Gordon-Hagerty is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in health physics.

http://oakridgetoday.com/2018/02/16/gordon-hagerty-confirmed-nnsa-administrator/

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tax on non-profit

Legislature sends governor bill imposing tax on nonprofit lab contractor
By Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

http://nmpoliticalreport.com/805455/legislature-sends-governor-bill-imposing-tax-on-nonprofit-lab-contractor/

Gov. Susana Martinez will have to decide whether to sign a bill designed to prevent the state government, as well as local governments in Northern New Mexico, from losing tax revenue if a nonprofit university takes over management of Los Alamos National Laboratory later this year.

Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, who has pushed for a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s tax structure, argued against the bill saying, “Tax policy should be uniform, broad and neutral. … It shouldn’t pick winners and losers.”

Harper said he recently received a call from a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee who was concerned about the bill. The congressman told him, “It looks like the state is telling the labs how to run the labs,” Harper said, adding, “I’m worried this sends a message to some folks that we’re ungrateful.”

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UC Regent Praises ‘Clever’ Bid for LANL

  

The University of California and its mystery teammates have submitted a “clever” bid to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the next 10 years, the regent in charge of the institution’s national lab activities said in a public meeting late Wednesday.

“We do have the most excellent bid,” Ellen Tauscher, the incoming chair of the University of California Board of Regents’ national laboratories subcommittee, said in a regents meeting Wednesday in San Francisco. “It is significant in its creativity, in its innovation. It’s clever. You’ll find out what ‘clever’ means later on.”


https://www.exchangemonitor.com/188732-2/

Monday, February 12, 2018

trump intends to nominate Oak Ridger as new Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation deputy

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/2018/02/08/trump-oak-ridge-ornl-brent-park-nuclear-nonproliferation/319053002/

UC official promises better management at LANL

University of California official promises better management at LANL

A top University of California official acknowledged Friday that there have been shortcomings at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the past but said the school remains “deeply committed” to the future of the lab as UC bids for LANL’s next management and operations contract.

Kim Budil, the university’s vice president for national labs, said UC, which has been involved in running LANL since 1943, had adapted and improved since an accident caused by LANL shut down the nation’s nuclear waste storage facility near Carlsbad in 2014.


https://www.abqjournal.com/1119078/university-of-california-official-promises-better-management-at-lanl.html

Wannabe historians

Will you long-winded wannabe historians knock it off? It doesn't matter who has been or has not been in charge of LANL since privatization. The only thing that really matters is who is going to be in charge a year from now.

Friday, February 9, 2018

No clearance, no problem

At the white house,  several uncleared people handle classified info daily. Why haven't they been cleared?
If any lab employee is found to have even  had a bad credit score,  they cannot get a Q clearance .
Ironic isn't?
The white house image has been so degraded and so has democracy and justice.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Pentagon unveils new nuclear weapons strategy

Big events are in store for the nuclear weapon research labs over the next few years. Advanced low-yield weapons and other Trump desired weapons are being planned to modernize the US nuclear arsenal. After decades of neglect, you are going to see a lot of growth at these labs to support this dramatic buildup in strategic policy. This is far more concrete than Obama's pathetic RRW non-starter. Start working out your equipment wish lists and prepare your hiring needs:

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Pentagon unveils new nuclear weapons strategy, ending Obama-era push to reduce U.S. arsenal

Washington Post - Feb 2, 2018

The Pentagon released a new nuclear arms policy Friday that calls for the introduction of two new types of weapons, effectively ending Obama-era efforts to reduce the size and scope of the U.S. arsenal and minimize the role of nuclear weapons in defense planning. 

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an introductory note to the new policy — the first update to the military’s nuclear strategy since 2010 — that the changes reflect a need to “look reality in the eye” and “see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.”

The previous administration’s policy hinged on what President Barack Obama called a moral obligation for the United States to lead by example in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Officials in the Trump administration and the U.S. military argue that Obama’s approach proved overly idealistic, particularly as relations with Moscow soured. Russia, China and North Korea, they say, all advanced their nuclear weapons capabilities instead of following suit.

“Over the past decade, while the United States has led the world in these reductions, every one of our potential nuclear adversaries has been pursuing the exact opposite strategy,” Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said at a Pentagon news conference, explaining why the United States is changing course. “These powers are increasing the numbers and types of nuclear weapons in their arsenal.”

The new nuclear weapons policy follows on Donald Trump’s promise before taking office to expand and strengthen U.S. nuclear capabilities. President Trump also vowed during his State of the Union address Tuesday to build a nuclear arsenal “so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression.” 

The threats have changed dramatically since the last time the Pentagon updated its nuclear weapons policy, with Russia reemerging as a geopolitical foe. North Korea, meanwhile, has edged closer to possessing a missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland with a nuclear warhead, bringing the prospect of nuclear war back to the forefront of the American psyche for the first time since the Cold War ... (article continues) 

www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-unveils-new-nuclear-weapons-strategy-ending-obama-era-push-to-reduce-us-arsenal/2018/02/02/

Friday, February 2, 2018

Gibbs, Wallace & McMillan

Is there anything to the story that Gibbs is keeping Wallace on a very short leash? One story making its way around the Lab is that UC brought Gibbs back before McMillan left and gave him marching orders to hold Wallace in check, then named Wallace as a figurehead without much support. So it goes, this was to have Gibbs making the decisions and just let Wallace be the pretty face on the news.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Some new/old rumors.



More talk that John Sarrao is the head of the UC lead bid. Webster is head of U Texas, and somebody named Perry is head of the Texas AM team. I presume this is not Rick Perry. Also there is probably a couple of other for profit teams with Lockheed, Bechtel and who knows. Some other rumors is that the UC team is worried, apparently they thought that no one else would bid and did not expect Texas or Texas AM to put something in. Also if history is any guide the Director must be a weapons guy. Wallace of course has been the only exception but he is just a lame duck. 

Predictions (1) it will go down like Sandia, some completely unexpected team will win. 
(2) Bechtel lead team wins.
(3) The Perry guy is in fact related to Rick Perry and Texas AM takes it. 

My bet is on 1, something like Northrop Grumman, or Leidos and the Director will be an ex General. The motto will be "Modernization Through Compliance MTC" or " Compliance alone sets minds in motion.", "New Mexico, yes we are part of the United States".

No Nomination Hearing Scheduled for NNSA Chief-Designate

No Nomination Hearing Scheduled for NNSA Chief-Designate
January 30, 2018
By Exchange Monitor

About two weeks before 2019 budget negotiations are set to compete for lawmakers’ attention on Capitol Hill, the Senate still has not taken a look at the Trump administration’s nominee to lead the National Nuclear Security Administration.

President Donald Trump nominated former Department of Energy and National Security Council staffer Lisa Gordon-Hagerty to the post on Dec. 19. About a month later, Frank Klotz resigned after almost four years as head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), leaving agency policy chief Steven Erhart at the helm on an acting basis.

The NNSA administrator, who also serves as undersecretary for nuclear security, is by far the highest-ranking Department of Energy (DOE) nominee the Senate has left to consider in the Trump administration. The agency’s other two undersecretary-level positions were filled in November, around four months after the administration sent their nominations to Capitol Hill.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has already held nomination hearings for other government posts this year, but had yet to schedule one for Gordon-Hagerty at deadline Monday for Weapons Complex Morning Briefing. No hearing was scheduled as of Monday, a committee spokesperson said.

Klotz was nominated in January 2014 and confirmed in April 2014. There have been four NNSA administrators since Congress created the DOE branch in 2000. Most were confirmed around two months after they were nominated.

https://www.exchangemonitor.com/no-nomination-hearing-scheduled-nnsa-admin-designate/

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