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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Employee thefts at LANL

Business as usual with continuing employee thefts at LANL 

The new contractor has a long term mess to clean up when they take over next year.

POGO investigation

POGO investigation uncovers intentional mislead of WaPo by NNSA and Lab Director

A little time invested in looking at the dates should indicate which Lab Director was part of the scheme to fool the press. Since the email was sent from NNSA to OMB, it would appear that the highest levels of the administration were involved in the deception.

Pits will be made at LANL

No matter how many the US needs, pits will be made at LANL. Since McMillan called a safety stand down at TA-55 several years ago, not much has been heard on this national security topic. It would seem that whatever company wins the contract next year will have a clear job to do in pit manufacture to keep the US up to date with strategic nuclear deterrence.

Newsline for retirees

I am a retiree from llnl. I have a room to rent to scholar of llnl or sandia lab. I call the llnl to ask about putting my add on the newsline classified section , but the lab said they no longer take add from retirees. Is this correct? If it is then how do I look for llnl or sandia scholars needing rooms ? Any idea woukd be appreciated.

Bechtel omission of LLNL

 Bechtel doesn't even list LLNL on its Facility & Operations website, it does however list UPF, Y-12, LANL, Pantex, and Kwajalein.

Sandia bid

So were there really only two teams that went the distance on the Sandia bid? One led by Lockheed Martin and one led by Boeing, the two largest US defense contractors.

The government isn't prohibited from disclosing how many bids were received, so this must be some other politics at work.
July 14, 2016 at 10:03
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
One led by Lockheed Martin and one led by Boeing, the two largest US defense contractors.

The plan is for Boeing to get Sandia and Lokheed to get LANL. Bechtel keeps LLNL.
July 17, 2016 at 10:22 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
You must mean "UC keeps LLNL" as there is almost no Bechtel presence at LLNL compared to UC's involvement in the Lab. The LLNL Director is UC, there are very close interactions between LLNL and LBNL, as well as UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Merced.
July 18, 2016 at 9:50 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
July 18, 2016 at 9:50 AM

I take it that you do not work at LLNL?
July 18, 2016 at 10:06 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
July 18, 2016 at 10:06 AM

I've been in Operations & Business at LLNL for 20 years, and see no "really" Bechtel presence at LLNL. Yes, there's some influence on the board, but name one thing that Bechtel has done at LLNL on a regular basis. This doesn't include those phony and time wasting management reviews that are inflicted on us.
July 18, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Notice from DOE Inspector General

Subject: Report Alert Notice from DOE Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General has issued a report titled “Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Laser Inertial Fusion Energy Endeavor," (OAI-M-16-13).

This report is now available for viewing and can be accessed by clicking the link below:            
If you are unable to access this report, please call (202) 586-4128 for assistance.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Employee Union Calls For A Profit-Free LANL
Employee Union Calls For A Profit-Free LANL

We want the labs to be operated by a non-profit entity,” UPTE Executive Vice President Jeff Colvin said in an interview before a public meeting Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge. “The privatization of the lab has had a big negative effect on laboratory science and national security and that alone has changed the whole culture of the lab, the way it operates and the way science is done here.” Colvin said. “The current management by limited liability corporations (Los Alamos National Security and Lawrence Livermore National Security, for example) hasnot solved the problems they were meant to resolve and have instead created a host of new problems,” Colvin said.
Among the new problems he mentioned the introduction of steep increase in management feesalong with bloated management, employee lay-offs, higher overhead, collapsed morale, major failures (National Ignition Facility deadline in California) and enterprise-wide disruption (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico).
The root of the problem in the profit-making structure, according to Colvin has been the degradation of the science mission at the laboratories caused by “a focus on meeting project milestones so the bosses get their management bonuses.”

why did you retire?

How many of you retired because you were just fed up with llnl?

Ignition question

Not including the NIF in Livermore, CA, what other ignition facility or scalable module to ignition proposals is DOE reviewing (if any), and what are their construction costs?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Top machine

By Ron Minnich

The top machine on is now Chinese, 5 times faster than the nearest DOE machine. That's not set to change for at least two years:, by which time 200 PF will probably be another also-ran.

The Chinese system is also all non-US hardware. Somebody in the US Gov't thought an embargo might slow things down:, but it had no effect; China built their own. The author of the article pointed out: "If the ERC honestly thinks that the ban will put a significant dent in China's supercomputing plans, it is either very foolish or dangerously misinformed." Oops, that only took a year. I guess they were both foolish AND misinformed. The main effect of the embargo was to ensure Chinese independence of US hardware.

Of course, the US is responding. We've got Meetings, Programs, Timelines, and Plans. What we don't seem to have is a chance of catching up. The first Meetings began in 2007, and a Timeline was created almost 10 years later, for a system to be delivered in 2023, only 3 years behind China's projected exascale delivery in 2020. 

Does anyone see any way to get DOE HPC back on the successful track of the 1994-2008 era? Or does it make more sense to call it a day and start buying HPC systems from China?

Discounted tuition to students from Mexico

Students from Mexico at NM university pay deeply discounted tuition, and then go to work for LANL.

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