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Monday, August 27, 2012

ELLEN O. TAUSCHER NAMED TO LAWRENCE LIVERMORE, LOS ALAMOS BOARDS OF GOVERNORS

Anonymously contributed: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ELLEN O. TAUSCHER NAMED TO LAWRENCE LIVERMORE, LOS ALAMOS BOARDS OF GOVERNORS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- August 27, 2012 – Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), today announced that the Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher has been named as an independent governor on the LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors. The LLCs manage Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM, respectively, for the U.S. Department of Energy. The appointments take effect September 17. Tauscher also has been appointed as a member of the LANS/LLNS Boards’ Mission Committee. The Mission Committee serves in an advisory role to review current and future national security issues and Laboratory initiatives, capabilities and strategic plans to address these issues. “We are very pleased to welcome Ellen Tauscher to the Boards of Governors of LANS and LLNS,” Pattiz said. “Ms. Tauscher has a distinguished record as a seven-term member of Congress with expertise in national security matters, a former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, and as an investment banker. She is respected by the national and international arms control communities, by members of Congress, and by the business community. She will add greatly to our Boards and the national laboratories.” “I am honored to serve on the LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors and use the expertise gained over 35 years serving in the Congress, the State Department and the private sector to support the national security mission and critical science initiatives at both laboratories,” said Tauscher.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Should make for some interesting discussions, since she was the one pushing for the US to give up everything to the Soviets when they gave up nothing in return.

Anonymous said...

First Koonin and now her, wonder what other Obama cast offs will be landing soon?

Anonymous said...

She was a big supporter of LLNL when she was in the House. She also supported RRW in Congress... From her July 23, 2007 visit to LLNL;
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Asked about her views of the nuclear stockpile and the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program, Tauscher reiterated her support for the RRW.

“What I want to have is the smallest, most capable weapons stockpile that we can have without testing and that’s congruent with the nuclear test ban treaty, but that also creates the opportunity for us to retain and recruit the best scientists, that’s much more environmentally friendly and that meets our strategic goals,” she said. “What RRW could be is the chance to transfer the complex, get us a dramatic decrease in the number of weapons we need to maintain.”

Tauscher went on to detail how politics and the context of the discussion about RRW have led to misperceptions. In the eyes of many people in Washington, she said, “RRW quickly became a new weapon.”

Drawing an analogy of an automobile, Tauscher said refurbishing a car with new exhaust system, brakes, locks and safety features does not make a new car. “It’s still the same car.”

“The fences I put around RRW a few years ago were no new mission and no change in yield. We’re not creating a new weapon,” Tauscher said.

Anonymous said...

What a relief, all our problems are cured. She will fit right in.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if she's confusing LEP with RRW from the analogy she chose. Is she trying to say that replacing the head of the axe and the handle leaves you with the same axe? I know to give her some leeway since she's a politician. Maybe she needs better science advisors and communications personnel.

Anonymous said...

Is she trying to say that replacing the head of the axe and the handle leaves you with the same axe?

No, she's saying it leaves you with the same chopping ability.

Anonymous said...

She said she supported RRW during her all hands meeting @ LLNL but then went back to Washington DC and said negative things about it.

Anonymous said...

There must be a particular definition for what constitutes a new weapons system design. By my common definition RRW is a new weapons system.

Anonymous said...

There was a Forbes article awhile back on the financial benefit of being a former member of congress. The average compensation for being on a board was in the 200-250 K per year range. By the looks of it, she has been accumulating quite a few of these lucrative posts recently.

Anonymous said...

Who cares? We'll never hear hide nor hair from her, just like we never hear anything from Pattiz. We didn't hear one peep from Pattiz during or after the fire in Los Alamos. The Board is just a bunch of "suits".

Anonymous said...

No one else was needed during or after the fire. Charlie had it all under control. If you don't believe this, then you were not watching his nightly televised press conferences.

Anonymous said...

There must be a particular definition for what constitutes a new weapons system design. By my common definition RRW is a new weapons system.

Sigh. When Congress goes on about 'new weapon', they mean 'weapon with a new military capability'. Freshly created hardware is more palatable if it essentially replicates existing, but currently aging, capability.

Anonymous said...

Move on. Nothing to see here. Just another retired politician making money off of the taxpayer.
Remember that most politicians have ethics in that they know right from wrong, it is just that morals are often absent in that they do wrong when doing right is an available option. Not at all suggesting that this is the case here, but there are lots of examples to demonstrate the behaviour.

Anonymous said...

I like Ellen, and found her and her staff very very response to LLNL related issues (much more than Garamend) and definitely much more knowledgeable in nuclear weapons issues than most in Congress. Unfortunately, the LLNS/LANS Boards are truly useless entities. I have never read or heard anyone at the Lab say that the Boards have altered Lab operations or business in any major fashion. The only area of exception is the Retirement program, the Board Subcommittee seems to get all the blame from the Directors when it comes to decisions that employees and retirees dislike. At least the UC Regent’s oversight board for the Labs had public meetings you could attend and published minutes that you could read.

Anonymous said...

Sigh. When Congress goes on about 'new weapon', they mean 'weapon with a new military capability'. Freshly created hardware is more palatable if it essentially replicates existing, but currently aging, capability.

Okay that makes sense. She just poorly articulated what she meant in support of RRW, and the ineffective and confusing examples and analogies she used doesn't help. These politicians really need better science advisors and staffers.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone ever get off the board? All the press releases are about new additions. What was wrong with the old board? What changes will they make?

Anonymous said...

this is pay back for voting to hand us over rechtel! I remember her telling us if you do not like the privatization of the lab there is the door. what a money whore way to sell out.

Anonymous said...

A Lambo is not needed to plow a field.

It can, but Allis Chalmers will do the job more reliably.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God, another "created" position for a "talking head", Not a Lieutenant Governor, but an "Independent" Governor. LANS/LLNS "gone wild". More GOVERNMENT!!

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