Thursday, April 07, 2005

Lockheed will open a LA RFP office in Albuquerque next month

From Anonymous:

Lockheed will open a LA RFP office in Albuquerque next month. They will be accepting resumes. Lockheed is in the process of identifying SNL and Denver area employees who can be transitioned to LANL.
Three 6 inch briefing books were given to Lockheed's upper management regarding the transition from UC to Lockheed.

Lockheed has the current administration behind them, so they will be hard to stop.

Comments:
Doug,

Are these events that you report anything different than any other bidder is experiencing? I mean, are these 'secret' briefing books or are they documentation that is being provided to all bidders?

The books were given to Lockheed by whom? NNSA? UC? LANL management? This all sounds rather devious but what are the rest of the facts?
 
Wow. Did you say three 6" binders? It will be hard for UC to compete with such profligate use of paper.
 
Senator: Sandia could be model for Los Alamos Lab
By James W. Brosnan
Scripps Howard News Service
April 8, 2005

WASHINGTON - A Texas Republican senator says an agreement between Lockheed Corp., which manages Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of Texas could be a template for operating Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison made the comment after University of Texas officials and Sandia President C. Paul Robinson signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday.

Under that agreement, the laboratories will reimburse the University of Texas for independent peer review studies to assess Sandia's science and engineering programs.

"I think we are looking at the model at Sandia that I hope can be replicated at Los Alamos, where you have a corporate business organization in partnership with a university," Hutchison said.

She said Lockheed has shown at Sandia that you "have much better results, more efficiency and more innovation" when you put a business organization in charge of a lab.

Robinson said of the agreement, "We think it will become the strongest model for academic-industrial partnerships and a new positioning of all the national labs to move forward in this century." He also noted that Lockheed is the largest employer of University of Texas engineering graduates.

University of Texas officials are in talks with Lockheed about joining the corporation's planned bid against the University of California and possibly others to manage Los Alamos. The university's Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the bid in a special session April 28.

Texas Chancellor Mark Yudof said they also consider the Sandia agreement to be a "national model" but said speculation on their decision about Los Alamos is "premature."

Sen. Pete Domenici also was present for the signing of the agreement in Hutchison's office.

The Albuquerque Republican said the Sandia-Texas agreement "will not cause ripples, but will be accepted and will end up being good for our country, good for the state of Texas and good for Sandia." Domenici left before Hutchison made her comments to reporters about the Los Alamos contract.
 
Right! A great combination of a defense contractor and a football factory.
 
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