Monday, March 28, 2005

New Director?

From Anonymous:

He's got the right credentials, a Q clearance, and is untainted by Nanos and UC.
Maybe he can save us....
Beckner to Leave NNSA at End of April
Departure a "serious loss" to the country, NNSA Administrator Brooks says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Linton F. Brooks today announced that Dr. Everet Beckner, deputy administrator for defense programs, will resign from his position effective April 30.

Beckner was nominated by President Bush on September 25, 2001 and confirmed by the Senate on January 25, 2002. His principle responsibility has been to manage the $6.5 billion program that maintains the stockpile and ensures that the nation's nuclear weapons remain safe, secure and reliable.

"Ev has played a key role in the leadership of NNSA and has served this agency well. He is one of the most dedicated public servants I know," Brooks said. "He has been a superb custodian of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. Ev's departure is a serious loss to NNSA, the Department of Energy and the country."

Before becoming NNSA's deputy administrator for defense programs, Beckner served as the deputy chief executive at Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston, United Kingdom. Before that position, he was the vice president of technical operations and environment, safety and health for Lockheed Martin's Energy and Environment Sector in Bethesda, MD.

"It has been an honor to serve this administration as head of NNSA's nuclear weapons programs. It has been a complicated job with many challenges, ranging from concerns about the safety and reliability of the nuclear stockpile, to the health and vitality of the weapons laboratories and production plants, and to the important interactions that occur with the Congress, the OMB, and other federal agencies. I now look forward to other adventures life has to offer," Beckner said.

Before NNSA's creation, Beckner had been the principal deputy assistant secretary for defense programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. from 1991-1995. His service at the DOE followed a lengthy career at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Beckner served in a number of positions during his 28 years at Sandia including vice president of defense programs and vice president of energy programs.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Baylor University, and a Masters of Arts and Doctorate in Physics from Rice University. He is also a Fellow in the American Physical Society.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for maintaining and enhancing the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; working to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; providing the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responding to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.

Media Contacts:
Bryan Wilkes (202) 586-7371

Release No. NA-05-06

I didn't want to say anything for fear of jinxing it, but recently I have been hearing a new set of rumors that we will be getting an interim director, perhaps as soon as a couple of weeks from now. Everet Beckner would certainly be a candidate, as would John Birely, presently at UCOP.
Unfortunately so would Don Cobb. Just not a very good one.

It is interesting that Hobson's committee is coming out here on the 29th to investigate what the actual costs of the shutdown here (not, as advertised, to review the weapons program), and that Nanos will not be here to host them. Perhaps our beloved director is finally on his way out.
It is the evening of March 29; what did Hobson's little sub-committee find? Did the shutdown cost ~$100 million as Nanos claimed, $379 million, or $1 Billion?

And where was Nanos during this sweat bath? Why was his #2, Cobb left holding the bag on this one? Not that it couldn't happen to a nicer guy, but where the fuck was Nanos?

Also, where is the LANL Public Affairs Office coverage of this cathartic event? I mean really! The entire lab was shut down last July at the whim of an egotistical idiot, and now we are having secret meetings to quibble over how much it really cost?

That, folks, is government in action.
To: Dr. Everet Becker

Good speed to you. Hope you get to retire, and spend lot's time with your loved ones!
You have done a good job, your descions have been noteworthly .
Thank you supporting LANL for the last 15 +/- years.
A, 25 +/- year LANL- UC employee. Come Visit any time.
To: Dr, Everet Beckner. (not Dr. Becker, sorry)
Some at LANL have a less positive view of Beckner’s support. His insistence that all CAT I critical assembly work be moved to Nevada might destroy that capability. And, in today’s world that is a grave loss.
Some at LANL have a less positive view of Beckner’s support. His insistence that all CAT I critical assembly work be moved to Nevada might destroy that capability. And, in today’s world that is a grave loss.
Any news on Hobson? I hadn't even heard he was at the lab... he wasn't the one who originally had concerns about the cost of the standdown, that was Barton...
Of course you all know by now that he just bought a house in Santa Fe. Todays news about Lockheed Martin is an interesting confluence of independant events.
Who just bought a house in Santa Fe? Beckner, Hobson, Nanos, Barton, Santa Claus? He should have bought in Los Alamos as property values are dropping here.

The CAT I work is being moved for homeland issues.
Hopefully the scienist can fly out of LA (NM) to LV to do their work (M-Th) like the old days with the testing at NTS.
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