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Monday, May 13, 2019

LLNL NIF being slashed!

This could be the beginning of the end for ICF. 

http://www.independentnews.com/news/lab-s-nif-slated-for-budget-cut/article_1e8b0b14-71b7-11e9-a0a0-ab1184287671.html?mode=jqm

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is what happens when buffoons are in charge. This anti-science regime, if not stopped, will gradually eliminate non war-related research, as we know it!

Anonymous said...

If a 14% or so budget cut occurs, how many NIF Career Indefinite FTEs will be put on the EIT/EBA conveyor belt to individual RIFs or demotions, while supplemental labor employees with comparable SKAs retain their jobs? Watch it happen.

Anonymous said...

As it should. How long can the country tolerate massive costs with minimal meaningful returns?

Anonymous said...

This anti-science regime, if not stopped, will gradually eliminate non war-related research, as we know it!

5/13/2019 2:05 PM

What is "non war-related research"? You mean like the Curies and Bequerel in the late 1800's? Or maybe early radar research in the 1930's? All research "could" result in discoveries that "could" be used in war. Your comment indicates an ignorance of scientific history and of the process of scientific discovery. Your breathless tone indicates a crazy liberal mindset.

Anonymous said...

They could do another “NIF tax” on all other programs, including WFO, to make up the deficit. I think Moses did that years ago.

Anonymous said...


Looks like the DOE supports the direction of the current management. 91% fee paid.

https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2019/01/f58/FY18%20LFO%20EOY%20PER%20and%20FDO%20Memo.pdf

Anonymous said...

One problem is that ignition is a tough nut. The optics doesn’t look too good because of past decisions on how the project was to be managed. For what it is, NIF was probably the best they could do with what they had, but those early optics decisions didn’t do you any favors. The other problem is that LLNL couldn’t sell water to people dying of thirst. This has always been a problem.

Anonymous said...

5/14/2019 12:36 PM is a funny guy.

Anonymous said...

NIF was oversold and now is overfunded. NNSA has some big infrastructure bills and continues down a screwed up path for making pits in the abandoned MOX facility. They continue to fund that boondoggle at the expense of actually making pits at LANL, which appear to be underfunded by $60 million in the coming year. I hope that New Mexico finally realizes that this NNSA plan for two facilities is not in their best interest. Perhaps it’s time to play hardball over WIPP.

Anonymous said...

No one in the lab contractor community will ever play "hardball" with DOE/NNSA.

Anonymous said...

5:54pm what does hardball look like? The NNSA is the customer.

Anonymous said...

Hardball with the NNSA, why bother? Just fulfill compliance directives, sustain without too much deterioration and collect their fee. LLNL denizens have always had an overinflated view of themselves, but since 2007, things have gotten a bit different.

Anonymous said...

5:54pm what does hardball look like? The NNSA is the customer.

5/20/2019 8:59 PM

Hardball looks like pushing back on stupid requirements and contesting fee deductions. NNSA is a "customer" in one sense, but is also the "overseer" that establishes all the rules for "commerce." Not a traditional "customer" at all.

Anonymous said...

Hardball is the Sovereign State of New Mexico telling DOE to take their plutonium and fuel rod excess elsewhere. Like Nevada, for example.

Anonymous said...

There is no downside for NM to accept WIPP shipments. No one in NM is worried that monsters might happen. Except the ones who know nothing about science, in Santa Fe.

Anonymous said...

This type of hardball, after the loss of uncle Pete, is what led to LANS.

Anonymous said...

You are confused. Uncle Pete led to LANS.

Anonymous said...

" Except the ones who know nothing about science, in Santa Fe.

5/25/2019 7:03 PM"

Ah yes, Santa Fe, home of the Santa Fe Institute, co-founded by George Cowan, Murray Gell-Man,David Pines, etal., pushing complex science far beyond the intellectual boundaries of the typical blog rat.

Anonymous said...

So what? Also home of he most rabid anti-nuclear groups and people in NM, with the well-earned name of "the San Francisco of the southwest." Homeless hippies and ageing trust-fund hippie darlings. Just a wonderful place. The Santa Fe Institute is rather long in the tooth, and not very productive, unless you count sitting on laurels.

Anonymous said...

5/27/2019 5:34 PM blathered forth:

"The Santa Fe Institute is rather long in the tooth, and not very productive, unless you count sitting on laurels."

They have the laurels, but you don't.



Anonymous said...

5/27/2019 5:34 PM is obviously a Los Alamos denizen who needs to get out more. There are a lot of real cultural experiences beyond the city limits of that backwater company town, which is now known as the "new Rocky Flats." A trip off the hill once in a while might broaden horizons and enrich intellect. Assuming, of course, that there is a little grey matter up there to work with.

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