Saturday, February 12, 2005

[...] we deserved an "F."

From Anonymous:

I remember Pete telling us that we deserved an "F." Well, it takes one to know one, and Pete deserves an "F" for Failure to Lead.
I urge anyone who knows anything about Pete's Navy career to post to this blog. I have a couple of problems with the spin that LANL PR machine has given.
1. Most Admirals leave the Navy and are courted by SAIC, Northrup-Grumman, Lockheed- Martin etc., at salaries twice as Pete is currently making. Why did these for-profit companies never hire him?
2. Even though he ran a successful company, why did he leave it for a TSM salary. After all, he came here as a TSM. How successful was this company that he jumped at an offer to be a TSM at LANL?
3. Why has not even his Navy buddies come to work here at LANL? Why are they shunning our Frankenstein (or better Petenstein)? I expected to see a number of ex-Navy folks walking around here, but it just didn't happen.
So let's drain the swamp of our Petenstein!

Nanos *is* the swamp.
My recollection is that the Director was hired in as a Deputy AD by Don Cobb. I doubt it was at a non-management TSM salary.
Yes, Don Cobb brought Pete into the lab as a Deputy Associate Director for Threat Reduction.

I would like to see more investigation into Cobb himself. Cobb has a poor record of cross Directorate partnering and of being a bully. Many were shocked when Cobb was selected as Deputy Lab Director. I would like to learn how this selection was made (by Nanos alone?), and also the relationship between Cobb and Nanos prior to Nanos coming to LANL.
While the following may sound impressive, it would be interesting to research if the improvements were brought to fruition (cradle to grave as much as possible) by Nanos or if there were/are ongoing difficulties in implementing said improvements. It’s easier to launch a ‘new and improved’ operation and head out the door than it is to stick around and ensure that it turns out to be as fabulous as you planned or marketed it. Anyone know? It also sounds like a nice schmooze from his cohorts (who wouldn’t stroke the ego of a Vice Admiral when you’re in the same Navy? Or perhaps this is the “One lies and the other swears to it” approach usually employed when asked about good behavior in liberty ports.)

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Pete Nanos, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Navy's senior engineering duty officer, retired in a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, after 35 years of service.

Nanos, a native of Bedford, N.H., has commanded NAVSEA, the Navy's largest acquisition organization since May 1998. Under his leadership, instituted far-reaching quality initiatives that transformed NAVSEA into a unified corporation that provides world-class technical, acquisition, and life-cycle support leadership to the Navy.

Some of the highlights of his command of NAVSEA include developing battle force interoperability improvements that fixed warfare system problems before arriving in the fleet, revolutionizing NAVSEA's Submarine Factory to surge engineering resources to meet a significant increase in submarine maintenance, facilitating the Secretary of the Navy's "Smart Work" program, which has saved more than 400 man-years per year and significantly improved quality of service on Navy ships and coordinating the Navy's technical response to the terrorist attack on USS Cole (DDG 67) in October 2000.

"[Admiral Nanos'] visionary leadership and his exceptional technical ability have brought about a renaissance at NAVSEA, a true transformation," said Adm. Frank Bowman, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion and the ceremony's guest speaker. "He has brought NAVSEA into the 21st century. Under his leadership, NAVSEA is on the right path to the future, with its focus on current readiness, future readiness and the science and technology needs for the Navy after next."

A 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Nanos' career includes sea duty aboard USS Glennon (DD 840), USS Forrest Sherman (DD 931), Destroyer Squadron 10 and USS America (CV 66) as chief engineer. Ashore, he was the manager for Technical Development in the Navy's High Energy Laser Program Office; deputy director, Warfare Systems Engineering in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and director, Strategic Systems Programs, responsible for all aspects of the Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile Weapon Systems.

Another tidbit gleaned from the ‘net:

Amazing what a year and a half can do to a person’s record. I fully believe that Nanos promotes the age-old adage that ‘if they [usually “the Navy”] wanted you to have a family [or personal life or opinion or…], they would’ve issued you one’ because I’m certain that I’m not the only one who detects an attitude of disdain for individuals, families, and communities relative to LANL policy and practices in spite of the advances made in the prior administrations to recognize and value diversity and the human element in the workforce. Nanos must think that we’re in the same league as bootcamp-broken recruits who have no choice but to work under his tutelage and militaristic commanding style. The last thing Nanos has built is trust but it doesn’t help hometown hugfests to do a follow-up if the news is not good so I don’t expect a reality check on this one anytime soon.
Why don't we see more Navy people here?

Because no one is stupid enough to come here. Not now, not under these current conditions.

Move to a remote town run by a a fistfull of self serving good 'ol boys, suffer food poisioning and exaggerated prices, housing overpriced to the level of idiocy, to work in a facility that is going downhill faster than an olympic ski champion.

Spare me the once upon a time talk. If people could afford to move, they would. If they can, they do.

The only people who get any sympathy for me are the ones who are dedicated to themselves, and their country and stay here under the current shop of horrors because they believe.

These people are heroes, and should be recognized and brought forward just as much as the people who flaunt the rules and cause problems.

When we stop punnishing the people who are doing right, and openly, with as much detail as is allowed expose those who are sinking us, then we will get somewhere.

The all or nothing euqation does not work. There are people here who deserve recognition for their acts and deeds, and there are people here who do not deserve to walk through the door every morning. There are people who honor the lab daily with their work and their strength. There are people who throw away the rulebook and coast towards their pie in the sky.

Seperate the wheat from the chaff. Not the way it's being done now, with idiots culling the herd of the best and brightest for their daring to take a stand, not with dirty tricks like conversions and promises of a better tomorrow with fingers crossed, not with blanket blame for all.

Fairly. Evenly. Lastly with an eye to the future.

Look out your window. There is a big ugly world out there full of people who want us to tear each other asunder. Who want us to fail. Who NEED us to fail.

Let's give them another message. Instead of tearing each other apart, instead of crying in our spilled milk, let us now come together and recite to our director, to our managment, and to everyone who supports them a quote that carries our feelings :

" I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore! "
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