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Monday, May 28, 2018

Announcement is on Friday

Congress approves winning bid this Thursday. Announcement comes Friday. 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...


Its Purdue-Bechtel.

Anonymous said...

Most did not know that NA-1 was on official overseas travel all of last week to a sensitive country - so clearly nothing was gong to happen while she was away. She has to brief S-1 before anything can be announced, as well as be available to deal with any Congressional/media questions once the announcement is made. She is now back in DC, so the potential for an announcement this week is pretty high.

Anonymous said...

Throw the red flag on this. As anyone that has done significant government contracting knows, congress doesn't approve them.

Anonymous said...

Predict this every week and you may eventually correct.

Anonymous said...

NA-1 probably had to check with Putin to see if he was OK in taking the MOX facility and repurposing it to make pits.

Anonymous said...


More talk that it is in fact Bechtel-Purdue, some select high level managers have been giving some somewhat subtle hints to this in the past few days. If so we shall know very shortly.

Anonymous said...

To take a famous Rolling Stone magazine quote once applied to the white collar criminals who ran Wall Street's Goldman Sachs after American's suffered through the financial collapse of 2008:

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"The world's most powerful and secretive construction company (Bechtel) is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
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Looks like the Bechtelian vampire squid at LANL has only grown bigger with time. They will now own this town and the gloves will come off as they enlarge their empire and demand "tribute" from the local peons who they will oversee with even greater power.

Anonymous said...

Or not

Nothing is ever certain with so many different agendas

Anonymous said...



Did anything get announced?

Anonymous said...


When Bechtel comes in they must change things in order to turn Los Alamos around. The past did not work, the old way of thinking led to failure after failure. The past must be seen as a dark time that we must forget about so we do not repeat it, we must denounce what LANL was, we must never ever return to those times. First we must end the cult of science, science is not sacred, those the practice it must be humbled and learn that they have been essence of the problems. There is something like a "science" privilege that let these kind of "people" get away with things and this was pushed at the institutional level. The lone scientists caring only about the so called truth in a high priest like mode may have a place in the University but not so in the new Los Alamos. LANL should not be considered a science lab but a "service" lab, we serve at the will of the people of New Mexico and the United States, we do not do science for ourselves, we should not think that we know better about how to do things, we should not try and invent some new thing because we think it "might" be of value to the lab or the universe, we should not think that anyone is obliged to listen to what we have to say since we think we are just so clever. We serve the nation and we must be humble and very gratefull that we are even allowed to serve and that Bechtel is taking on this huge risk with LANL. There is no reason for the United States and New Mexico to simply give money to arrogant people who think they have something great to offer the world and that the world owes them. No we live off the generosity of the people of the United States and New Mexico and must strive to deliver the mission safely and securely, and we must be very grateful that we are even allowed to this. We are not a science lab, we are not an engineering lab, we not even a production facility. We must be a serivice lab that serves, listens, obeys, complies and be very very grateful for the opportunity. Those that think they are "essential" must be removed, that was LANS way of thinking. Those that complain must be removed, during LANS many people complained, no more. The workforce must change, the attitude must change, the approach must change. No one cares what you think, you have a job, do it safely and securely, that is all you have to do so keep you opinions to yourself.

Unfortunately during LANS UC was in control, a university has no place leading service lab. With Bechtel in charge they can finally bring in the business know how and can do attitude that only a private corporation can bring. Business is about service, it is not about science or engineering. Bechtel must and will make LANL be service lab if they have to do with by replacing 50% of the lab than so be it, things are going to change and change radically. A good first step would be to shut down this blog, at least force it to not post anything about LANL. And no complaints about the money that Bechtel will be making, it is so small it means nothing anyway, and it is not your conern. A good second step is to bring an end to the complainers, this has been a pass time of lab people for the last 15 years and look where it has gotten us. No one is essential, be grateful for what you have, shut-up, and let Bechtel do what Bechtel needs to do or get out. The LANL people are "clever" and figured they could wait out the industrial partners, but the industrial partners have waited you out. Admit you have lost...LOST, resistance is futile, so either comply and embrace the new lab or get out, you will not be missed and you will learn very rapidly that you where not essential...Bechtel Uberalis!


Anonymous said...

So the announcement was not on Friday. The original poster must have heard this from his hamster.

Anonymous said...

Ugh! Word is beginning to come out that NNSA has made their decision and it's Bechtel. Regardless of what they may say, understand that newbie Purdue will be the minor partner and the more lab experienced Bechtelians will run the show. Purdue is there for window dressing.

It's extremely ugly. Learn to live with it or leave, I guess. Little wonder so many managers at LANL are walking around in total shock.

Anonymous said...


I keep hearing Bechtel as well, it is going to be very ugly. I agree with 11:13 AM that Purdue will have little to know say. Bechtel knows how to leverage money and now that they have a free pass they will take everything.

Anonymous said...

Having gone through this whole process before, I will point out that all of this is just the rumor mill. Anyone with any real knowledge of what's going on with the decisions, cannot talk and is not talking. For legal reasons they run a very tight ship, no leaks, and you won't know who won until there is an announcement. It might or might not be who you think or hope it will be, but right now whatever you're hearing from your coworkers is just tenth-hand rumor.

Anonymous said...

To quote June 2 at 10:49 PM...”Unfortunately during LANS UC was in control, a university has no place leading service lab. With Bechtel in charge they can finally bring in the business know how and can do attitude that only a private corporation can bring. Business is about service, it is not about science or engineering. Bechtel must and will make LANL be service lab if they have to do with by replacing 50% of the lab than so be it, things are going to change and change radically. A good first step would be to shut down this blog, at least force it to not post anything about LANL. And no complaints about the money that Bechtel will be making, it is so small it means nothing anyway, and it is not your conern. A good second step is to bring an end to the complainers, this has been a pass time of lab people for the last 15 years and look where it has gotten us. No one is essential, be grateful for what you have, shut-up, and let Bechtel do what Bechtel needs to do or get out. The LANL people are "clever" and figured they could wait out the industrial partners, but the industrial partners have waited you out. Admit you have lost...LOST, resistance is futile, so either comply and embrace the new lab or get out, you will not be missed and you will learn very rapidly that you where not essential...”

LANS, LANL, Bechtel or even LLNL have zero, zip, nada control over this blog. It is free speech so get over it. This post is kinda like a post from the soon to be a Bechtel demigods that will milk LANL for money. News flash. If you think that replacing 50% of the lab is necessary, good luck. You will not meet mission or service. To state that no one is essential just shows your stupidity. If the start will be nothing but confrontation with “the LANL people”, don’t worry. We have seen how stupid the industrial partners are and fully understand they lack any business knowledge except how to make a buck.

Anonymous said...

they lack any business knowledge except how to make a buck.

June 5, 2018 at 2:59 AM

Unfortunately (I'm surprised I beat him), the Bechtel shill here will soon counter that "making a buck" is all that matters. Very sad. Luckily, there are still some in Congress who understand the importance of science. No "compliance engineer" is ever going to understand or model the performance of a nuclear weapon. Without that capability, the US will be beaten by NK, Pakistan, India, Russia, and even former allies like France. Bechtel will fail as the US fails. Or it will be seen as the traitorous unpatriotic multinational money-seeker it has always been.

Anonymous said...

Bechtel knows who to pay off to win things. They have perfected the kleptocratic system like no one else. Past performance means little when the smell of fresh money is in the air. If they take the LANL contract the campaign funding checks to their political supporters will be flying through the US mail. It will also be a very joyous meeting of the camping power brokers at this July's Bohemian Grove meetup to celebrate and to plan tactics for next years lucre.

Anonymous said...

Bechtel, Bechtel above all,
Above all in the world,
When, for profit and power,
It always stands to gain another dollar.
From the Bolivia to Iraq
From the Philippines to Livermore,
Bechtel, Bechtel above all,
Above all in the world!

Bechtel hubris, Bechtel money,
Bechtel profits and Bechtel fees
Shall retain in the world
Their old beautiful crime
And inspire us to greater gains
During all of our life.
Bechtel brutality, Bechtel cash,
Bechtel power to the last!

Bechtel, Bechtel above all,
Above all in the world!


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