Friday, May 06, 2005

Nanos to leave LANL’s top job

Nanos to leave LANL's top job

Diana Heil
The New Mexican
May 6, 2005

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Pete Nanos is off to a new job in Washington, D.C., and on May 16 an interim director will take over, according to sources reached by The New Mexican.

Nanos, who has held an unpopular post in troubled times, will step down from the lab's top job and take a new post with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency with the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a five-page, embargoed news release from the University of California, the lab's manager, that was leaked by an anonymous government official Thursday.

The announcement, scheduled to be released today, said Nanos will be replaced by Robert Kuckuck, a veteran in national laboratory management who formerly worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

Reached at his home Thursday, Kuckuck said he will be happy to speak about his new appointment at a news conference scheduled for today. "I'd prefer to stick with the protocol they set up," he said.

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Comments:
Hooray.
 
HIP HIP HOORAY!
 
It's like we said, Pete. We'll still be here when you're gone.
 
Welcome, Director Kuckuck. I believe you have some fences that need mending. Best not to start off on the wrong foot by heaping praises on our not-so-dearly departed former director.
 
The quotes from Manny Trujillo shows what we can expect from the likes of him and his UPTE cohorts.
 
Good riddance to Admiral Butthead!
 
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the morning headlines, and read this post! Director Kuckuck, I look forward to some solid leadership and mending of the bridges burnt by Nanos. This is no time for a lame-duck, or someone to simply serve as 'acting' and let the status quo continue. Take courage, make hard decisions, value your employees, and do the right thing between now and Sept. 30th. The new contractor, whoever it is, will only change things that are broken, and not things that can be fixed by you and your SET and EB.
 
Can't pop the corks on the bubbly now, gotta go to work sober, or I could lose my Q! But, the corks are a poppin' tonight!

It's gonna sound like the 4th of July in LA county tonight!!
 
Pop, pop, pop!

Couldn't wait!

Pop

Pop

Pop

pop...
 
I will rain on your parade.

Nanos hold grudges and he may have the last laugh. Somehow, someway he might just get back. Payback is heck!

My guess is he will use his contacts in DC to get the lab closed permanently.

Don't sell him short
 
The blog made some problems at LANL visible, and hopefully the problems will now get fixed, but the blog itself is not powerful, it just helped to shine a light. Please, no self-congratulations.

We now have a huge amount of work to do. It's time to work _with_ the new management to move towards a brighter future for LANL. Let us also be charitable about a few mistakes that will get undoubtably made along the way. It's critical we unify now, there will be no other chances for LANL. Good luck to the new director ... and us.
 
He may hold grudges, but he cannot control his temper. My guess is Washington will see his true character soon enough. Hopefully some he will be working with are already aware of the billion dollars (and counting) he cost this country and the severe damage he did to national security because of a poorly thought out standdown for disks that never existed.

But I'd feel better if we had a restraining order...
 
Robert Kuckuck
Over a 35-year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a nuclear-weapons program in California, Robert Kuckuck rose from experimental physicist to deputy director, a position he held from 1994 to 2001. He later took lead positions in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. In 2003, he
received the DOE’s highest honor in recognition of his superior leadership.
Starting May 16, he will be the interim director at Los Alamos National Laboratory and earn an annual salary of $355,800. He will oversee a $2.2 billion budget and a work force of 13,500.

Source: University of California news release obtained through anonymous sources
 
How sweet.

To: LANL-ALL
Subject: Message to All Employees

Dear Colleagues:
Since becoming Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory two
years ago, we have all overcome a tremendous amount of
adversity. Issues with our business systems, security, and
safety forced all of us to take an inward look at how we do our
jobs. I am very proud of how the Laboratory has responded. Not
only have we addressed those issues, but we have emerged from the
suspension as a stronger Laboratory-with our core weapons program
deliverables now back on track and on schedule, and a viable
business plan for science in place for the future. Based on
improved communications and rapport with the Laboratory's
external customers, I have been receiving positive feedback which
indicates that we are on the right path going forward.

It is the future that I want to address with you today, however,
because I believe it is now time for my path and the Laboratory's
path to diverge. Effective May 15, 2005, I will be stepping down
as the Laboratory's Director to pursue a new opportunity with the
Department of Defense in Washington, DC. I was brought into my
current position by the University of California to be an agent
of change within the organization and I have fulfilled that
tasking. I take great pride that during my tenure you vastly
improved our business systems and processes, gained firm control
of all our accountable classified electronic removable media, and
pursued a comprehensive safety hazard identification process to
protect each other. Additionally, I believe our science and our
national security programs are now on a stronger footing, given
the 4 percent reduction we made in our overhead expenditures, as
well as the additional rigor we added through monthly program
reviews. These are significant accomplishments and you should all
be very proud.

In the coming months as the competition to run the Laboratory
comes to a conclusion, I am very confident that the University
will win based on the foundation you have laid. We are now
considered to be a Laboratory with both great science, as well as
strong business and operations capabilities. In many cases we
are now leaders in the Department of Energy complex, and that
gives the University a distinct advantage in the competition
process. The University of California is the most powerful
educational institution in this country and I believe they will
bid to keep Los Alamos and they will win.

Finally, I do want to thank each and every one of you for your
hard work and dedication to our national defense. It has been a
distinct pleasure to work with you and I will always look back
fondly at my time in Los Alamos. On behalf of myself and my
family, thank you for your support.

Pete
 
We all know it....just make the announcement already. It's TGIF and we're all ready to celebrate.
 
Well, I think justice has been done here today. Did anyone notice that in Pete's resignation letter that he couldn't spell "employee" correctly. For me that about sums it up; Nanos the Director who couldn't spell employee. - Scott A. Watson
 
Well, I think justice has been done here today. Did anyone notice that in Pete's resignation letter that he couldn't spell "employee" correctly. For me that about sums it up; Nanos the Director who couldn't spell employee. - Scott A. Watson

5/6/2005 09:18:57 AM

And you'll be remembered as the person who writes questions without the correct punctuation. In case you didn't know, questions are followed by a question mark.

What's that they say about people who live in glass houses?
 
Subject: Message to All Employees -- Farewell Buttheads!

Dear Cowboys and Cowgirls:

Since becoming Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory two years ago, we have all been overcome by the tremendous amount of adversity that I have created and nurtured. Issues with our business systems, security, and safety forced all of you to take an inward look at how I do my job. I am not proud of how the Laboratory has responded. Not only have we not addressed those issues, but we have emerged from the suspension as a weaker Laboratory-with our core weapons program deliverables seriously at risk, and a non-existent business plan for science in place for the future. Based on deteriorated communications and rapport with the Laboratory's external customers, I have been receiving very nasty feedback which indicates that we were on the wrong path going backward.

It is the future that I want to address with you today, however, because I believe it is now time for my path and the Laboratory's path to diverge. Effective May 15, 2005, I will be stepping out and up as the Laboratory's Director to pursue a better opportunity with the Department of Defense in Washington, DC. I was brought into my current position by the University of California to be an agent of change within the organization and I have fulfilled that tasking. I take great pride that during my tenure you further screwed up our business systems and processes, lost any control of all our accountable classified electronic removable media, and pretended to pursue a comprehensive safety hazard identification process to protect each other. Additionally, I believe our science and our national security programs are now on a weaker footing. These are significant screw-ups and you should all be very proud of me in leading the charge.

In the coming months as the competition to run the Laboratory comes to a conclusion, I am very confident that the University will lose based on the foundation I have laid. We are now considered to be a Laboratory without either great science, nor strong business and operations capabilities. In many cases we are now leaders in screw-ups within the Department of Energy complex, and that gives the University a distinct disadvantage in the competition process. The University of California is the most powerful educational institution in this country and I believe they will bid to keep Los Alamos but they will lose.

Finally, I do want to thank each and every one of you for your hard work and dedication to our national defense, despite my lack of leadership. It has been a distinct pleasure to batter and berate each and every one of you and I will always look back fondly at my cowboy life in Los Alamos. On behalf of myself and my family, thank you buttheads for all your scrutiny ~~ it's helped me get any even better job with DOD in Washington.

Pete
 
OK the swamp is now drained, Nanos is leaving the building. Let's get on with it.
 
"A lot of these scientists have been pampered for years," Trujillo said. "And when Nanos took over, then these people were not used to being snubbed or put down."

Well, I guess UPTE has now paid us back for rejecting their overtures on the blog. :-(
 
UPTE is trash. We are still waiting for them to tell us how many dues-paying LANL employees they have signed up. I have heard that it is all of 100!

Meanwhile, the idiot reporter from the Santa Fe New Mexican, Diana Heil, continues to quote Tujillo and Gunther as if UPTE actually represents LANL employees.
 
For anonymous 10:11. Point taken. I have always been a "C-student" and never a Director of a National Laboratory. I'm still very happy with my "C" today. I'm also very proud of the blog and the people who bothered to sign their names to their posts. Tomorrow is day to move forward; there is a great deal of (actual) work to do. -Scott
 
Several bloggers were concerned that Nanos, like an evil cyborg, would hold grudges and retaliate from Washington. Please know that we in Washington know Nanos already. He fouled up his nest here before he fouled up his nest there. He has no friends here other than his family. Worry not and enjoy your victory. Congratulations on another job well done for the Nation's security. Los Alamos has written another chapter in deterrence.
 
It's interesting that no specific job was mentioned for the Admiral. The boatswains mate has piped. The Admiral's walking the plank hoping there's a lifeboat out there somewhere. The tick, tick, tick of his former watch is sounding from gators in the swamp. All they care is that he goin' to Washington and the skull and crossbones on the mast of USS Los Alamos has been struck, wadded up, and stuffed in the trashcan of history.
 
Manny Trujillo, aren't you a Lab employee? Does it make you feel good to have Nanos call you a butt head and a cowboy? Oh yes he did too!
 
Slay the sheperd and the sheep shall
be scattered.
 
Slay the sheperd and the sheep shall
be scattered.
 
The "sheep" can go with the sheperd. The rest of us have work to do.
 
Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!

 
I for one am sad to see him go. I don't see any of you trying to run the lab!

I hope pete all the best in his new position. He has done a lot for this lab, I just wish everyone could see it.

good luck Pete!!
 
11:31pm poster.

I am glad he is gone. He hurt LANL
and he hurt the nation. I have spoken
with Nanos one or one before and I can
tell you he is a liar and cares only
about himself. This is the worst kind
of leader. I can go through the lists
of lies over and over. He does not
care if you get hurt. He does care if
good work is done or bad. He simply does
not care about anything at all. He should
never be in a possition of power. He
is a true disgrace and a man without honor.

Tell me one thing he did for the lab?
You know what is really sad. It is now
the lab is far far less safe and far
far less secure. You know why? Because
under Pete nothing mattered. It had no
meaning.
 
What Pete has done for this lab and this community is quite evident; he blamed everyone but himself for every problem imaginable. Wrecked careers of innocent workers who had to take the heat for his "friends" and constant favoritism toward ONLY THOSE who would agree with him on his positions are his legacy here. Does it remind you of the teacher's pets in school?
Perhaps someone will give our former director the same treatment we received at his new job. We can only hope that he gets a taste of his own bitter medicine!
Watch the smiling faces of his appointed ones. They desperately need YOUR friendship now that he is leaving!Just remember how they treated you when Pete was in charge. Are they really your friends now?
 
My first limited interaction with Pete Nanos was telling. He had only
been the Director for about two months at the time. He was pulling his
grey Volvo sedan out of the parking lot of Chili Works one morning, and
my truck inadvertently cut him off while he was backing out. Pete
looked through his car window and snarled at me. I was aghast. Road rage
is very rare in a small town like Los Alamos. We all live too close to one
another to engage in this type of activity. I could never imagine a man
like Sig Hecker or John Browne reacting in this way. Much later, I was
able to put this incident into context. Pete Nanos is a bona-fide bully,
just waiting to explode in anger. I feel sorry for the people at DTRA.
He will smile and look cordial, but at some future point, he'll blow-up
in anger and strike out at those around him. This man has problems.
 
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