Monday, October 17, 2005

Comment of the Week

It's only Monday, but I've already picked out the "Comment of the Week".

Submitted by "Finknottle" on the

http://lanl-the-real-story.blogspot.com/2005/10/is-this-real-reason-for-lanls-seven.html

post:

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"Is THIS the real reason for LANL's seven years of trouble?"

I would say "No." Look for complicated conspiracy theories if you prefer, but the real causes for our problems at LANL lie with us, our management, and with the complete disengagement of the University of California. LLNL and LANL have needed strategic planning for a long time. UC provided none. Our lab has repeatedly needed tactical planning and damage control. We received none from UC, and we provided none for ourselves.

UC lost the contract for LANL because it deserved to. It really is that simple. It is past due time for a change.

Oh, and that Cheryl Rofer person ("WhirledView" blog author of the commentary piece that precedes this article) did get one thing right in pointing out that many LANL staff are voicing "an almost religious hope that Lockheed will make everything okay when they win the contract." But, since she clearly has never been to LANL and seen the deplorable state of management here, she has no way of knowing that things will only improve when Lockheed takes over. She could do a better job of sounding less ignorant when pontificating about conditions at LANL

Comments:
Finknottle said:
"Oh, and that Cheryl Rofer person ("WhirledView" blog author of the commentary piece that precedes this article) did get one thing right in pointing out that many LANL staff are voicing "an almost religious hope that Lockheed will make everything okay when they win the contract." But, since she clearly has never been to LANL and seen the deplorable state of management here, she has no way of knowing that things will only improve when Lockheed takes over. She could do a better job of sounding less ignorant when pontificating about conditions at LANL"

Maybe I missed something. I don't think Cheryl said that things would not improve when L-M takes over, if they do. And how can you assume that she has never been to LANL and "seen the deplorable state of management here". Cheryl worked at LANL for many years, and saw the mismanagement that led up to the present situation before she retired.

You are right when you say that our Laboratory is at fault. We ran operations for more than thirty years without interference from UC, who helped with recruiting and provided an excellent pension plan. We lost control when the federal government took over operations from the Atomic Energy Commission. Don't be too harsh on us and UC. We were simply overwhelmed by numbers of bureaucrats.

Larry Creamer, DX-1 Retired
 
Larry has it just right.

The loss of control was not because of UC. Maybe it was more so the LANL managers who "seen their chance, an' they tooken it" when matrix management creeped in like bird-flu virus. But for sure, the real guilty parties are the DOE/NNSA bureaucrats, who fawned all over the Congressmen, and piddled on themselves as they kicked their four legs in the air.

If LockMart even manages, in their job as the new contractor, to bring to LANL a bunch of managers that act like adults, and not puppies, we will surely be better off.
 
Finknottle writes about Cheryl Rofer: "since she clearly has never been to LANL."

That is bullshit. Cheryl Rofer worked at LANL for about 20 years.

Now we have taken the measure of Finknottle's credibility.
 
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