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Friday, January 29, 2016

What is going on at LLNL?

Does anyone know what the "special event" was at LLNL this week that shut down the central cafeteria for the week and had a stream of local police, highway patrol, and sheriff cars coming in and out of the Lab the last two days?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about a gate crash with 3 teenagers looking for the discovery center.....oh yeah, lets handcuff the kids because they are an extreme the threat...good work fellows, nice take down, good work.

Anonymous said...

A little Google-foo found this:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/19/fact-sheet-united-states-–-australia-cooperation-deepening-our-strategic

Search that page for the word "Livermore"

Anonymous said...

Interesting, thanks. Very long White House media release, but here's the relevant excerpt....

"Both governments [United States and Australia] are committed to nuclear security cooperation, including participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s and Dutch-hosted January 2016 “Apex Gold,” a ministerial, scenario-based policy discussion for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on January 27-28."

I guess this explains all the unusual extra security and local police presence inside and around the Lab this week. Also why Lab Protective Force may have reacted so aggressively to the gate crash involving the 3 teenagers.

Anonymous said...

Gate crash can't have been too big a deal, since there is nothing in the local news about it. I don't know what happened, but everyone in the region knows what LLNL is, and knows there are guards with guns, access badges, etc. They can also read the signs and see the high barbed wire fences. If they crashed a gate, it was deliberate and they deserved whatever they got, including potentially being shot.

Anonymous said...

Stick with "you don't know what happened", that's your best part of a weak statement.

Anonymous said...

Not quite Nostradamus, since this now a low level Cat 3 facility, far cry from the past. So what were the rules of engagement...?? Do you know how many gate crashes there are a year? Nope, didn't think so.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how many gate crashes there are a year? Nope, didn't think so.

January 30, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Obviously you don't either. Just using it for effect (stupidly so).

Anonymous said...

Good thing you were looking the part.

Anonymous said...

Obama didn't mention the extreme police action of the gate crashing. this says the teenagers were white.

Anonymous said...

NNSA finally realized official information on the big event at LLNL and why there was so much heavy security around it.

"What would national leaders do in the face of a transnational nuclear terrorism threat? Last week, ministers and other senior delegates from 37 nations, along with representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the European Union and the United Nations gathered in Livermore, California, to practice their ability to respond effectively to an emerging nuclear security threat.

On Jan. 28, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted Apex Gold, the first ever minister-level gathering to identify national and international actions to address a nuclear crisis. The ministers were presented with a hypothetical nuclear terrorism scenario and then worked together to determine how each of their nations might respond at each step of the situation. The participants also toured Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to better understand some of the technical tools available for detecting and analyzing nuclear material and making decisions in the event of a nuclear terrorism crisis."

http://nnsa.energy.gov/blog/apex-gold-discussion-fosters-international-cooperation-run-2016-nuclear-security-summit

Anonymous said...

As a LLNL retiree living in Livermore, I occasionally drive down the back road (listening to the loud roar of my machine) and have the strong urge to "crash the gate" particularly when I see the NIF building. But then common sense prevails and I think "what the hell for ?" ICF doesn't work, but we sure built a great laser system !

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