Sunday, November 13, 2005

LANL Community Braces for Change

By John Arnold
Journal Northern Bureau

SANTA FE— The dawn of a new era is near for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

And those vying to manage it are trying to win more than an opportunity to run the beleaguered lab.

The two teams competing for the $2.2 billion-a-year management contract are in a battle to win the confidence of LANL employees and a skeptical public frustrated over years of security and safety lapses.

With the lab contract up for bid for the first time in LANL's 60-year-plus history, change is inevitable, said Paul Robinson, a former Sandia National Laboratory director and the man who would become LANL director should the team headed by defense contractor Lockheed Martin and the University of Texas win the contract. The team is known as Los Alamos Alliance.

"I hope," he said during a recent interview, "to show people that the changes are for the better."

So does Los Alamos National Security LLC, the team headed by Bechtel Corp. and the University of California. UC is the current manager and the only one the lab has ever known.


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I have not read the whole piece because I don't subscribe (and don't plan to do so any time soon). But what's up with "... frustrated over years of security and safety lapses"? Clearly this journalist is not acquainted with Brad Holian's analysis. John Arnold, please come up to speed on the facts.
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