Friday, May 20, 2005

Lockheed May Have Edge Over Bechtel, Northrop in Los Alamos Bid

May 20 (Bloomberg) -- Lockheed Martin Corp. may have an edge over Bechtel Group Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corp. in the competition to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a contract valued at as much as $44 billion, analysts and lawmakers said.

The Energy Department issued a request for proposals yesterday to manage Los Alamos, which has been operated by the University of California since its founding in 1943. Director Peter Nanos resigned this month following Congressional criticism over security lapses at the New Mexico nuclear weapons research facility.


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