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Thursday, January 25, 2018

New head of NNSA has BS

New head of NNSA has BS degree from UNM.....how far things have fallen, how far from the times when highly qualified scientists could be found in charge of the enterprise.

https://nnsa.energy.gov/aboutus/ourleadership/acting-administrator

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

He is only acting but he does seems pretty thin.

Anonymous said...

If I read his biography, I see a very experienced person who will probably bring a lot of knowledge and personal understanding to this important high-level job. You see a guy who doesn't have a Ph.D., harrumph. That sort of attitude might be why a non-Ph.D. is a much better candidate for this sort of policy making position. Incidentally, at last count only 19 Representatives, and 0 Senators, have Ph.D.s Neither does the President, in fact only one President in U.S. history (Wilson) has had a Ph.D.

Anonymous said...

If I read his biography, I see a very experienced person who will probably bring a lot of knowledge and personal understanding to this important high-level job.


I really doubt this, NNSA is not exactly a policy job it is a technical job. Look at this way, the last few NNSA heads did not have Ph.Ds and they have been utterly mediocre, I suspect that this has to do with the total lack of technical understating. It is possible for someone to be a good leader who knows how to pick people under him/her with the the technical expertise. Lets face it NNSA and the NNSA lab system has been falling apart for some time now so it really does not matter who heads it. Why do we even have NNSA?

Anonymous said...

As 6:23 PM noted, he is only acting until Gordon-Hagerty, nominated by Trump on Dec 11, is confirmed by the Senate.

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty of Virginia to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, Department of Energy.
Ms. Gordon-Hagerty is president of Tier Tech International, Inc., a national security consulting company. She also serves as president of LEG Inc., providing strategic advice and counsel in domestic and national security issues. Ms. Gordon-Hagerty was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer of USEC, Inc. She was a member of the White House National Security Council staff for more than five years, serving as the Director for Combating Terrorism. Ms. Gordon-Hagerty previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Director of the Office of Emergency Response, and as Acting Director of the Office of Nuclear Weapons Surety. Before that, she was a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce. She began her professional career as a health physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ms. Gordon-Hagerty earned a Master of Public Health degree in health physics and a Bachelor of Science degree, both from the University of Michigan.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-announces-intent-nominate-personnel-key-administration-posts-6/

Anonymous said...

Why do we even have NNSA?

January 26, 2018 at 10:21 AM

Because ERDA and DOE were much, much worse. Top guy doesn't need a Ph.D; his top advisors and deputies do.

Anonymous said...

"Because ERDA and DOE were much, much worse."

I never bought into this. You have the DOE with its problems and than you add an extra layer of NNSA with its problems so you just end with way more problems. The NNSA is just added on bureaucracy with no added value or worse negative value.
We did not have an NNSA for 55-60 years and things ran well, we have an NNSA and things are falling apart.

>Top guy doesn't need a Ph.D; his top advisors and deputies do.

I agree the question is does he/her actually have top advisors or will he/her listen.

Anonymous said...

If history is any guide, he won’t listen. His resume is that of a born bureaucrat.

Anonymous said...

Who is "he"? Ms. Gordon-Hagerty will be the NNSA head.

Anonymous said...

I'm likewise concerned that the person has only a bachelors - but who are we joking?

RICK PERRY IS THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY!!!!

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