Monday, April 11, 2005

Management Changes at Sandia

Numerous people sent me the following news release; I thought it was sufficiently interesting that another noon-time post from downtown Los Alamos was called for.


From: Sandia Daily News
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2005 9:30 AM
Subject: Management Changes at Sandia
Importance: High

Sandia Daily News
Special Announcement

Management Changes Announced: The Sandia Corporation Board of Directors has named Tom Hunter president of Sandia Corporation and director of Sandia National Laboratories, effective April 29. Tom most recently has served as Sandia’s senior vice president for Defense Programs, with oversight of the labs nuclear weapons programs.

Tom will replace Paul Robinson, who became president and labs director in August 1995. Paul will leave Sandia April 29 to help Lockheed Martin Corporation prepare its bid to the Department of Energy for the management and operating contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory. The current M&O contract for LANL, now held by the University of California, expires at the end of September 2005.

Tom said Joan Woodard will head Sandia’s Nuclear Weapons Program. She will remain as Sandia’s executive vice president and deputy director during the transition. Additional management changes will be announced later.

“We are thrilled Tom Hunter has agreed to accept the position of director of Sandia National Laboratories,” said Michael Camardo, Sandia Corporation board chairman and executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Information and Technology Services. “Tom is a man of great intelligence and extremely high integrity. He has a deep and thorough understanding of the national security needs of the nation, the complex missions of the laboratory, and he cares about the people who work at Sandia.”

Camardo praised Paul for demonstrating great vision during his 10-year tenure as Sandia’s director. “Paul kept Sandia on a steady course toward excellence, ethical behavior and a better quality of life for its employees and the local community. Sandia consistently received high ratings from our customer, the Department of Energy. This record reflects well upon Paul and the leadership team he put together to manage Sandia,” he said.

Said Tom, “I am honored and grateful to the members of the Sandia board and Lockheed board of directors for their confidence in me to lead this great laboratory. Paul has left Sandia with a distinguished and impressive legacy of superb leadership and that will help guide me and the rest of the Labs’ leadership team as we continue to move forward.”

Tom said his vision for the laboratory is based on the principles that national security is Sandia’s first and primary business, that Sandia’s employees are its most important asset, and that Sandia will always be a good corporate citizen in that it values strong, positive relationships with its communities and partners.

“Sandia has a unique heritage and capabilities, from advanced failsafe technologies, processes, and systems to ensure the safety and security of our nuclear arsenal, to our growing efforts in microsystems, simulation and modeling, homeland security technologies, materials development, energy, and water,” he said. “I have great confidence that, with the continued support of our outstanding employees, Sandia will continue to be a laboratory that provides exceptional service in the national interest.”

Tom said the core mission of Sandia, a Department of Energy laboratory, will continue to focus on maintaining the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. As a premier national security laboratory, it also will continue to develop technology solutions for the challenging problems that threaten peace and freedom at home and abroad.

Tom, who earned a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin, has held a variety of positions since coming to Sandia in 1967. In his most recent post he led the Laboratories’ Defense Programs, which encompasses about 60 percent of Sandia’s $2.2 billion annual budget. From October 1995 to March 1999, he served as vice president of Sandia’s California site and leader of Sandia’s nonproliferation programs.

Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman commended Robinson for his “unfaltering leadership and passion for honesty” that kept Sandia on a course of strong technical achievement and high integrity. “Although I have known Paul only briefly, I could tell immediately that he has an exceptional quality that commands respect and admiration,” Bodman said. He added he has full confidence that Tom will continue that legacy of strong leadership and dedication to national service at Sandia.

National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Linton Brooks noted that Paul has been a director that workers throughout the nuclear weapons complex have looked to for leadership and support, including other lab directors. Brooks praised Tom for his distinguished career at Sandia, particularly his leadership within the weapons program.

Paul has wanted to be Los Alamos's director for a very, very long time...
DOE nixed him last time because they wanted a "weak" director. Hence Sig.
I'm having a minor setback in my fear and loathing of LockMart. I *still* think LANL and the nation are better served by our remaining somewhat academic and scientific but if we are going corporate and engineering, I think Paul/LockMart is somewhat of a lesser evil.

Meanwhile... I'm still hoping UC can make a better showing... but it is hard to guess what that means w/o tossing Pete overboard (head)first.

Keelhauling isn't a very effective way of removing barnacles, but it does have a way of impressing the subject of the activity.
(WARNING: The following cleverly crafted story, while containing elements of truth, MAY WELL be a hoax; beware!)

Los Alamos National Laboratory To Be Renamed

April 11, 2005

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The venerable flagship of the nation's nuclear weapons complex, Los Alamos National Laboratory, will soon be renamed, spokesmen from Lockheed Martin announced today. C. Paul Robinson, who has stepped aside from his position as President of Sandia National Laboratories at Albuquerque to head the contract team of Lockheed Martin and its junior partner, the University of Texas, to replace the University of California as manager of the Los Alamos lab for the US Department of Energy, said that its new name will be changed officially to Sandia National Laboratories at Los Alamos, just as soon as the contract passes from UC to Lockheed Martin. The final decision on the contract is expected in a few months, Robinson said. "We at Lockheed Martin take great pride in extending the Sandia name to our colleagues on the Hill. Sandia was originally part of the Los Alamos lab in the Manhattan Project days, and we welcome them back into the fold. We look forward to helping Sandia Los Alamos regain its former posture as a valued part of the nuclear weapons program, carrying out its work once more in a safe, secure, and compliant manner."

There has been no comment on this development, either from the Department of Energy or the University of California. Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman, Kevin Roark, said that this was news to him, but that he wasn't entirely surprised. He added that there would be no immediate comment from the Lab Director, G. Peter Nanos.
Paul, I don't care what you choose to call us as long as you call us often. WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!(Oh well, at least you're headed in the right direction.)
Many are looking forward to having Paul as the new Director at LANL. Especially after the mess that Sig Hecker started.
Interesting reference to Tom Hunter, new President of Sandia Albuquerque--was this meant to accentuate the stark contrast to G. Peter Nanos, Director of LANL?

“...Tom Hunter...has a deep and thorough understanding of the national security needs of the nation, the complex missions of the laboratory, and he cares about the people who work at Sandia.”

And now, would anyone care to draw for us some stark contrasts between C. Paul Robinson, future Director of Sandia Los Alamos, and G. Peter Nanos, the present Director?
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