Friday, May 06, 2005

Energy Secretary's Statement on Los Alamos Lab Leadership Changes

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Friday, May 6, 2005


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Energy Secretary's Statement on Los Alamos Lab Leadership Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is a statement from Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman on leadership changes at the department's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The University of California today announced that LANL director Dr. Pete Nanos will be stepping down and that Dr. Robert Kuckuck will serve as interim director.

"Dr. Pete Nanos has led Los Alamos National Lab during a challenging time. He instituted a number of sound business practices that have helped Los Alamos remain one of the premier labs in the world. While serving as director, Dr. Nanos demonstrated vigor and resourcefulness learned during his many years in the U.S. Navy. I thank him for his service to our department and our Nation, and I wish him the best of luck in his new responsibilities at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Bob Kuckuck brings an enormous wealth of experience to this task, having served at DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and in Washington at the National Nuclear Security Administration. I look forward to working with him in his role as interim director."

Comments:
Secretary Bodman on the (forced) departure of George P. Nanos, "Dr. Nanos demonstrated vigor and resourcefulness learned during his many years in the U.S. Navy."

I know the Secretary was trying to say something political nice and legally protective. However, his statement managed to offend both Los Alamos National Laboratory and the US Navy.

The Real Story is that "Dr. Nanos demonstrated unacceptable abusiveness and wastefulness directly contravening principles of leadership that he should have learned in the U. S. Navy but didn't.
 
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