Monday, April 25, 2005

The whisper mill

From Anonymous:

The whisper mill just won't stop. Current refinement of a rumor that started about 1 1/2 weeks ago: Nanos' departure date will be somewhere between May 15 - 30, and his replacement, our interim director, will be Robert Kuckuck.

See
http://www.lanl.gov/news/index.php?fuseaction=nb.story&story_id=3432



Comments:
Almost correct: Nanos' last offical day is May 13. he will be on "travel or vacation" for almost all the days
between now and the 13th. This is not a rumor - it is being implemented. Phase 1 of the transition was the arrival of Glenn Mara as the UC rep. Phase 2 is the interm leadership. Finally, the RFP is to be announced on the 15th, and UC will role out its plan for bidding the contract.

The director will leave with a whimmer, not a bang. Life will go on.
 
If true ...
I hope that UC is smart enough to include in Phase 1.5:
A) remove Cobb, Kaye, Immele, Bowles & Sharp (all in the Dir. office and supporters of the Nanos mentality & approach);
B) bring in honest loyal experienced institutional individuals with a background in science/program (NW & TR) but not any of the existing managers/leaders, they have more than demonstrated their inability to lead or to stand-up for their staff;
and
C) very carefully assess those remaining SET members that will be included in the bid, most are unworthy.
 
THE RISE AND FALL OF LANL DIRECTOR GEORGE P NANOS, JR.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE TWO YEARS CAN MAKE

In two years from 1943 to 1945, Los Alamos pioneer scientists designed, built, and tested the world's first nuclear weapon to end WWII. From 2003 to 2005, Director George Nanos has virtually destroyed the Laboratory that was the legacy of those early pioneers. Ironic isn't it, what a difference two years can make?
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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2003

ATKINSON ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO APPOINT PETE NANOS AS PERMANENT DIRECTOR OF LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY

University of California President Richard C. Atkinson today (May 15) announced his intention to appoint George P. "Pete" Nanos the permanent director of the UC-operated Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Nanos has served as interim director since Jan. 6………"I had intended to conduct a national search for a new director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, but Pete Nanos' superb performance over the last several months makes such a process unnecessary," Atkinson said……"Under the most trying of circumstances, Pete has provided bold, innovative and compassionate leadership to the hard-working men and women of the Los Alamos laboratory," Atkinson continued. "I can think of no person better suited to lead this critical national security laboratory through the coming period and to preserve its standards of excellence."
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And UC, like, expects that nobody is going to notice that their huge pustulating mistake, Nanos, has quietly slunk away ("Move on, move on, nothing to see here...") and then they will proceed on with the bid process as if it was business as usual. No apologies, no nothing?

I wonder if UC really believes that they will earn respect out of this course. I guess they've been stupid up to this point, no reason to expect them to change now.
 
In response to "4/25/2005 06:20:10 PM
If true ...
I hope that UC is smart enough to include in Phase 1.5:
A) remove Cobb, Kaye, Immele, Bowles & Sharp (all in the Dir. office and supporters of the Nanos mentality & approach);"

Better add to the list anyone they have personally hired or want to hire should be scrutinized.
 
We're hearing the Kuckuck name also. Used to be someone high up at NNSA's deputy I guess and is supposed to really help the UC bid. ADs are starting to "whisper" this loudly. Supposed to be announce this Friday (but nothing in UC ever happends on time).
 
Just to clear up confusion on the background of Bob Kuckuck, he was the Deputy Lab Director at LLNL in the 1990's.
 
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Better late than never! Some info on Kuckuck and Mara from the web. Good luck to them.

"As many of you know, Bob Kuckuck is one of the University's most experienced professionals in this area, having created the Laboratory Administration Office at UCOP in 1992 and led it through 1994. Before that, Bob was an experimental physicist and then a senior manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in programs involving Livermore's diverse range of programs: national security, arms control and energy. After his time at UCOP, he returned to Livermore as deputy director for operations. In 2001-02, he went to Washington as acting principal deputy administrator at DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration, where he was responsible for internal operations and major restructuring. Bob returned to Livermore last June to work part-time as special assistant to the Laboratory director.


At this time of intense focus on laboratory issues, I can think of no one with stronger credentials or greater insight and experience into University, laboratory and governmental issues. Please join me in welcoming Bob back to UCOP."


"Mara joined LLNL in 1971 as a Materials Scientist/Welding Engineer in the Chemistry Department, and has held many positions in the ensuing years, including Metals and Ceramics Division Leader, Nuclear Test Engineering Division Division Leader, and Nevada Program Leader –- directing the field and engineering resources to support the execution of underground nuclear tests and experiments at the Nevada Test Site. In 1998, Mara became the Weaponization Program Leader and Defense Technologies Engineering Division Leader. Since March 2001, he has been National Ignition Facility Principal Deputy Project Manager.

Mara graduated from Ohio State University in 1971 with a bachelor’s and master’s of science in welding engineering. A registered professional engineer, Mara is also the author of several publications and patents."
 
Frankly, at this point, I would take Mickey Mouse as the new Director. Let's get on with it already. We have seen enough Nano-bytes for one Laboratory.
 
I agree. In any case, Kuckuck will be interim director. Another will be proposed for the bid.
 
I have to be skeptical since we've been hearing Nanos-departure roumors for ages.

But I've heard this one, with different twists, late last week.

The funniest part of the twist I heard was that Nanos was departing to lead UC's bid for the LANL contract.

I laughed so hard I almost stopped breathing.

If this does play out with his departure, I'll be going out to a nice dinner this weekend to celebrate! A bottle of bubbly would defnitely be in order.

Then the blog may wish to focus on providing helpful, constructive feedback and advice to the new boss, so he won't be the same as the old boss.
 
Include in Phase 1.5 the removal of all
Chiefs of staff or curtail their responsibilities to only providing assistance to the SSM side of their divisions and remove all supervisory and decision-making responsibilities.

Dump the CWP and encourage the use of as many UC retirees as needed to restore continuity to LANL programs. Include SSM and TSM retirees because both have many skills to contribute.

Clean up SUP which contributes to the many discriminatory practices towards contract workers and retirees.

Get rid of Marquez.

Elevate the group leaders back to the appropriate level of management with power over their budgets and their staff. Many group leaders have had these responsibilities taken away by agressive chiefs of staff.
 
"The best revenge is to live well."

If Nanos is really one foot out the door, I say we all step up to the plate the day he leaves and help get LANL back on it's feet with UC or with a new contractor.
 
UC is in the process of evaluating the ADs, and how the structure will look in a bid (something on this was posted ages ago on the blog). It is fair to say that many other changes are coming, although spread out with time.

Specifically:

Cobb will be phased out, and retire this fall
Immele is slated to retire in September
The Chief Science Officer postion is being debated -- in all honesty, Bowles has been given an extremely difficult job, and he has suffered because everyone wants magic of the guy. No one works harder than Tom, and he is very faithful to the institution. However, the CSO position is flawed.
Fred T -- remains to be seen.
Dave B -- remains to be seen
Susan Seestrom - back to a lower level
Doug Beason -- on the UC Bid team
Terry Wallace -- on the UC Bid team

Others may have role in the new team, but
not as ADs or leads. Gibbs might lead security, but
through a contractor.

Will this make life for the average TSM any better?
 
In response to 4/25/2005 08:11:33 PM's "Will this make life for the average TSM any better?", I think the real question is that once Nanos is gone or any other changes in management, systems, procedures or any other dynamic that comes into the equation have been made (substantially, not just started), will life for LANL be any better.

The average TSM may or may not realize any benefit following the departure of the current director but we should all be looking beyond individual changes and see if the organization will be rejuvenated.

It would be nice to contemplate that the recent trials and tribulations would prove to be a refinement process which results in a better situation with better solutions and improving output for our efforts rather than a scorching demolition which leaves only remnants and lost potential buried forever in the pile of ash.
 
8:11 - where are you getting this?
 
I am curious too -- I have heard these same things from one of the people that works in the Acquistion office. I suspect that we have a senior manager trolling that is giving information. Perhaps a manager that is tired of PN? Maybe UC is doing the posting, and reading the replies to measure the lanl heart beat!
 
You all seem to forget the SET was chosen by the Director. The DADs chosen by them, and so on down the line. Are you telling me they are all not puckering up to kiss the interim Director's behind? Do you think this interim Director is going to come down and ask what people in the trenches think? Or is he just going to be briefed by the JOs the Director has left behind?

You can hear it now, in fact it's probably already started..."We tried to tell him"..."We never really agreed with him"..."It was terrible, but we're glad you're here now"..."Golly, now we can get to work"..."Let's get crackin'"...Unless those people go, the whole thing is going to play out status quo. From Pete's Puppets to Kuckuck's Chameleons. Getting rid of these people is going to be harder than it was getting rid of the Director.

While the "big tumor" might have been cut out, the question is has the cancer metastasized? If as many believe, it has, then absent some intense treatment, I submit the Director will have gotten the last laugh.
 
Hey Admiral.... TAKE DAVID BECK WITH YOU...He can count all your magic beans for you. Then you can trade them for a dying cow---about all you're worth.

Hope you NEVER get over how you screwed this lab and this workforce, YOU SCHMUCK! You and Beck are the worst things that ever happened to Los Alamos.
 
I hope this is true because I've chilled the champagne, heated up the tar, and busted open the feather pillows. PARTY TIME!!! (I hope)
 
As Dr. Phil has said, "People who have nothing to hide, hide nothing." Thanks to Tinka Gammel's revelations about her dealings with the director our community is eagerly looking forward to hearing from all of the other people at LANL who have been unjustly wronged by GPN.Hopefully, their lawsuits will be made public and their grievances shared with the entire community. What a shameful time it has been at LANL.. those who should have protected the workforce just looked the other way! Many of GPN's victims have had to suffer silently while he has continued to take center stage with his trumped-up accusations.

Abusive behavior is not a trait common to great leaders. To think that UC (and our congressional delegation?) knew of this director's UNUSUAL ranting and raving and did nothing until the LANL BLOG started sharing stories is horrible! Thank you, LANL posters, for shining a light on this dark secret. There are NO perfect people in the world, including GPN.
 
What do St. Pete and Pr. Dynes have to say after all this? "...suck it up!"?

We've been hurt by your lack of character to act upon the problem much sooner than this!
 
Response to 4/25/2005 07:58:07 PM:

Leave Cobb & Immele until the fall UC must be crazy or blind. Neither are of any benefit to LANL look at TA-18 for Cobb & what has Immele done/contributed for the last 5 yrs.
Bowles accepted the CSO position from Nanos, he has Nanos mentality but with a bit of science. There have been some good things done, but having observed the action of the SET for 5 years and watched Bowles. The good things that have been done reflect the approach/fingerprints that were evident in DDST with Dreicer's contribution. Dreicer is the positive foundation of contributions from both those offices. I have watched him work, he is very aware of the staff, what is right, strategic, and politically very bright. I have heard he may be leaving, if the lab losses him that will be a huge loss. UC should put him on the bid he ha slegacy knowledge of the science at the lab.
 
Response to 4/25/2005 07:58:07 PM:

Leave Cobb & Immele until the fall UC must be crazy or blind. Neither are of any benefit to LANL look at TA-18 for Cobb & what has Immele done/contributed for the last 5 yrs.
Bowles accepted the CSO position from Nanos, he has Nanos mentality but with a bit of science. There have been some good things done, but having observed the action of the SET for 5 years and watched Bowles. The good things that have been done reflect the approach/fingerprints that were evident in DDST with Dreicer's contribution. Dreicer is the positive foundation of contributions from both those offices. I have watched him work, he is very aware of the staff, what is right, strategic, and politically very bright. I have heard he may be leaving, if the lab losses him that will be a huge loss. UC should put him on the bid he ha slegacy knowledge of the science at the lab.
 
Beck, Immele, Cobb, Kaye and Marquez all need to GO with their arrogant boss.
 
4/25 at 10:04 must have been posted by Dreicer himself! Where does this garbage come from? He is a staffer with no decision or implementation authority.
 
Actually, I thought the same thing about the "Dreicer" post. I don't know anybody who knows him who would have said anything like that. Maybe it was a joke.
 
If Dreicer didn't write this, I have no idea who did. I do like the line, "he ha slegacy." That probably describes his minor contributions.
 
To Pete Nanos:

You are just a mama's boy! You never like me & its great to see you get what you deserve!

I heard that you have lied about some of your Navy experience and that is why your Annapolis classmates avoid you like a leper!

USN Adm. Ray Smith (Retired)
 
Is this USN Admiral Ray Smith (retired) for real? Seem that he knows Admiral Butthead quite well.
 
One of the first things I would like to see done the second Nanos is out of here is to have that God Damned "Director's Notebook" expunged from the LANL web page. It is a complete insult to the remaining good people who still work here.
 
The posting above this one seems to confirm what earlier comments to this post indicate regarding the delay of the RFP until the 15th and UC's apparent plan to announce intent to bid at that time.
 
With regard to Adm. Ray Smith. I found a bio of him. He sounds like the type of man any of us would be proud to know. His willingness to speak here is much appreciated by me and others. The manner in which Nanos has invoked the name of the Navy during his infamous exploits here has disgraced that institution as well as ours. Let's not forget the many good men like Adm. Smith who have served with distinction. Here is is bio:
Rear Admiral Ray Smith is widely regarded as one of the Navy’s most inspirational leaders. A Navy SEAL for 31 years, Admiral Smith achieved extraordinary success through focused, participatory leadership. During his four year tenure as Commander of the 2300-mean SEAL force, he raised personnel retention to a level 3 times the Navy average. As a Navy Captain, Admiral Smith led the Navy SEALs in Operation Desert Storm, conducting over 200 operations of strategic significance while incurring no casualties. Earlier in his career, Admiral Smith directed Navy SEAL training, generally considered to be the most challenging military training in the world. While in this position, Admiral Smith achieved the highest graduation rate in the 5-year history of the course (55%).

Admiral Smith has been recognized in numerous publications and books, most recently in Noel Tichy’s book, THE LEADERSHIP ENGINE, in which he is cited as a leader closely involved with employees at every level of his organization. Admiral Smith has also been recognized in NEWSWEEK, FORTUNE, READERS DIGEST, and on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and CBS This Morning.

Admiral Smith was also awarded the California Distinguished Service Award while a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Working directly for the Council Chair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, he and his SEALs focused on inner-city at-risk youth, children with special needs, and senior citizens. The Admiral has spoken extensively on his leadership experiences and the philosophical underpinning which has supported his enormously successful career.

His audiences range from Young Presidents Organizations throughout the nation to college leadership seminars, Congressional delegations, senior U.S./Allied military and civilian leaders and numerous civic organizations. Admiral smith also published two highly successful Navy SEAL manuals presently in print by the Government Printing Office. These two, THE SEAL NUTRITION MANUAL and THE SEAL PHYSICAL FITNESS MANUAL, focus on the special nutritional and fitness needs of Navy SEALs, but have been extremely well received by the general population because of their application to all walks of life.

Prior to retiring from the U.S. Navy, Admiral Smith was assigned as the Director of Assessment for the U.S. Navy. As the first SEAL Admiral to serve in a general Navy assignment, Admiral Smith was responsible for developing the Navy’s first capability-based assessment process. He led 100 systems analysts in providing service-level recommendations directly to the Chief of Naval Operations. Incorporating computer modeling and risk assessment, he provided Navy Leadership with $36B in analysis-based savings over a six-year period.

Upon retirement, Admiral Ray Smith took a position a Chief Operating Officer of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angles in Los Angeles, California. In this capacity he supervised all business activities within the Cathedral complex to include: conference center, gift shop, commercial parking garage, café, archives, security, volunteers, charitable outreach, and the operation and maintenance of the cathedral.

In July of 2203, Admiral Smith accepted the position as President of two charitable foundations headquartered in Los Angeles, California dedicated to enabling charitable institutions to receive donated properties.

On a personal side, Admiral Smith successfully completed the 350-mile Beast of the East Adventure Race in 1998 and 1999, finishing with his three teammates in 9th place out of 34 teams. In both races Admiral Smith was the oldest competitor by 10 years, and continues his vigorous fitness regimen at an intense pace.

Admiral Smith is a notable example of a leader who leads by personal example, and lives by a personal philosophy that recognizes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness as interwoven and equally crucial to success.
 
Can this really be the Admiral Ray Smith who commanded the Navy Seals speaking at 06:44:01AM? That Admiral Ray Smith is a celebrity in military circles! Just go to Google and see for yourselves.
I had heard the same info. re GPN's Annapolis classmates. He is not part of their "in" crowd. I guess they know this man better than we do.
 
Can this really be the Admiral Ray Smith who commanded the Navy Seals speaking at 06:44:01AM? That Admiral Ray Smith is a celebrity in military circles! Just go to Google and see for yourselves.
I had heard the same info. re GPN's Annapolis classmates. He is not part of their "in" crowd. I guess they know this man better than we do.
 
I am strongly doubting that Admiral Smith contributed the comments attributed to him earlier. The immaturity and personal venom that are reflected in the comment supposedly made by Admiral Ray Smith do not seem consistent with a leader who has accomplished so much. Those comments would seem more consistent with the behavior displayed by LANL Director Nanos. I hope the true military leaders of our country do not stoop to petty name-calling and "momma's boy" taunts. Mr. Nanos' behavior with his staff fails on its own merits, not because he is disliked by his former comrades.
 
Please get rid of Marquez, his chief sycophant Jay Johnson and his many, many women Lisa et al. as well.
 
Agree with 10:07:57. A TRUE flag-rank officer would not have made the post in question. Real Flag Officers exhibit character, integrity, and honor in their dealings with others. Phony Flag Officers make condemning speaches and utter off-color comments that demean others. Admiral Smith would not have made that post.

Signed, a Retired Military Officer
 
I second the comment above "Signed, a Retired Military Officer". Few, if any, military leaders of the rank and caliber of Admiral Ray Smith (Ret.) would post to a blog deriding a manager. He may (or may not) hold the opinions expressed here but almost certainly he wouldn't publish them here. (view from a once-upon-a-time enlisted person's spouse.)

For those who feel a need to post such rubbish, your actions only compromise whatever credibility or weight that this sounding board may have to air issues and concerns.
 
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