Sunday, July 17, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
The moment of truth is approaching for scandal-shaken Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of California-run nuclear weapons lab.
Los Alamos scientists conducted the first test explosion of an atomic bomb 60 years ago this weekend, in the predawn darkness of rural Alamogordo, N. M., on July 16, 1945. In the six decades since, UC has managed the nuclear weapons lab under an exclusive contract to the federal government.
LLC or to lose UC employee status or to leave the UCRP. My guess is that
the deal for the LLNL RFP in two years will follow the same path as LBL's.
I think the staff at LANL is getting a "special deal" from DOE on this
one. And it's a "special deal" that is making my ass feel mighty sore.
You both have it wrong. As was the case at all of the other sites, the same scenario will play out here: 1) the original GOCO gets repeatedly beat up by DOE; 2)sharks inside the beltway --- legislative & regulatory-- sense blood in the water and begin to circle, each taking a few bites; 3) there is a massive feeding frenzy and one highly-publicized incident after another make it clear that the site operator can do nothing right; 4) the geniuses in DOE, prodded by one congressional committe or another, rebid the contract; 5) a new operator takes the helm and miraculously everything runs better, albeit at 2-5X the cost (1:14, the ensuing hiring binge will go a long way toward fixing your sore ass, if you own a house in town and plan to retire and move away in 1-3 years; if you don't own one and are investment-minded, BUY -- the prices are already headed up and you'll get a return much better than what the DOW will give); 6) although incidents and near misses continue at the same or higher rates, they are virtually ignored for 1-3 years as DOE and congress compete to take credit for saving us from certain disaster.
LBL was/is an anomaly; how could anyone other than UC run a lab that's sited on, and inextricably entwined with a UC campus. LLNL is next on the block, and unless I've missed something, the only remaining original GOCO left in the complex. Their time will come. NIF........