Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Lockheed team courts Los Alamos

ROGER SNODGRASS, roger@lamonitor.com, Monitor Assistant Editor

Asked if he would have shut down Los Alamos National Laboratory last July, the captain of the Lockheed Martin team vying for the LANL contract said on Tuesday, "Absolutely not."

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I like Paul.
 
That scores few points. Nanos was
a real piece of work. To this day I would like to know what "it" was "you don't get it".
 
Ok, then. How about:

I despised Nanos, am disappointed by Bob "Disconnected" Dynes, think Kuckuck is a nice guy, hate Foley, and believe Paul Robinson is a huge step above all of them, quality-wise.
 
Is really talking nicely about 9/80 and absurdity of the shut down enough to build trust. Where is strategy for science at LANL? How is him going to retain and recruit people? It is easy to criticise something obviously hated by majority of employees, but presenting a constructive plan is another story.
 
If Robinson can come in and help turn this place around, he will be my hero.
It was interesting to read that even Sig Hecker had some very kind words to
say about Robinson.

LANL seems to be sinking quickly with UC at our helm. Morale is very low
within the LANL staff, and particularly among most of the scientific
staff. We can't survive as a vital scientific institution much longer if
this continues. Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) seem to rule the day.
Those who can, may soon be jumping ship if the FUD factors don't abate.
Mixed messages abound. One minute we are told by DOE that they truly value
our scientific work. The next minute we find that LDRD is being cut. Our
funding uncertainties are growing. The "funk" within the lab work force
grows thicker each day. You can see it in the faces of your colleagues.
We could use a hero to help lead us out of the wilderness. Perhaps Robinson
is the man for this job.
 
Paul is the first person of note to
say that the shutdown was absurd. That is saying alot.
 
Words are cheap. Who knows what he really would have done if he were director then. My friends at Sandia don't think he's exceptionally good.
 
6/16/2005 01:07:07 AM "One minute we are told by DOE that they truly value our scientific work. The next minute we find that LDRD is being cut." This is nothing new for DOE. Words are cheap; supporting your words requires action. Forget the words and weigh the "action" to see where DOE/NNSA really is. Believe me, DOE could care less about Los Alamos and the Labaoratory. The real message slipped out at Sunday's public meeting. Los Alamos is just another site. The DOE people really hated the question from two different people about why UCRP was NOT offered as a continuing plan if UC chooses to bid and wins like the LBL contract (fat chance!) . "Stand alone"; DOE is skillfully and not-so-subtly whittling away from all angles to bring LANL down an an equal level of mediocrity..."just another site". Plan your futures carefully and thoughtfully.
 
08:04:09 AM "My friends at Sandia don't think he's exceptionally good."

Let's be realistic - there are always people who don't like whatever top management is or isn't doing, however good they are. It's just human nature. On balance, Paul sure has a better reputation than other recent directors here at LANL -- I'm willing to give him a chance.
 
08:04:09 AM "My friends at Sandia don't think he's exceptionally good."
My friends at Sandia think he is exceptionally good.
 
My friends at Sandia think he is exceptionally good as well. As a previous poster commented, there are complainers in any group. From what I've seen, the majority of Sandians appear to think Paul Robinson was an excellent director of their lab.
 
...and my friends at SNL believe that Robinson is emotionally stable. Unlike a previous LANL director.
 
"If Robinson can come in and help turn this place around, he will
be my hero." - Post 1:07

Dittos, on that! We are going to need an exceptional leader at this point in
time to help save this institution. The staff can be part of the solution
to turning things around, but we also need a leader with some heroic
qualities to help get us out of this tar pit. I hope Robinson is that man.
It's interesting that Robinson at least felt strong enough about wanting
the job to come up to the Hill for a radio interview this week. Sure,
he's acting as a salesman, but at least he cares enough to make a sales
pitch to us. UC's pick, Mr. What's-His-Name, hasn't even bothered to show
his face up on the Hill. If I was a boss interviewing for the Director's
job, Robinson would quickly get my vote over the lackluster UC candidate.
 
Do not forget that Robinson is just a small piece of the puzzle. LM is doing the bidding, not him. He might be used now to boost hopes in LANL employees, and if LM wins (which I hope it will not) kill his beautiful plans (which, frankly, were not disclosed, and very possibly do not exist) and allow him to retire from his position. Then a real work will begin. Moreover, all the talk about Sandia could be boiled down to one question: is this really a great scientific institution, and the answer is simple: No, it is not. If we accept similar mediocricity at LANL, but some relief in bureaucracy (slight in fact) then vote LM. I think about science and can't see anything good in LM coming here.
 
"Moreover, all the talk about Sandia could be boiled down to one question: is this really a great scientific institution, and the answer is simple: No, it is not." The same could be asked of LANL and sadly the answer would be the same.
 
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