Wednesday, December 28, 2005
UC's Los Alamos win will impact Livermore
Having both major nuclear weapons laboratories under the operational umbrella of the same university continues a sibling relationship that has existed since the Livermore Lab was launched in 1952. Certainly, through the years, there have been both cooperation and competition between the two labs in a wide range of areas, and the continuing UC operation of Los Alamos and Livermore will provide a basis for continuity in the positive aspects of the sibling relationship.
I suggest that this also limits the "reforms" possible at LANL, in a way that a LM/Sandia win would have avoided. Their is a disincentive for LANS to make major "breakthrough" improvements at LANL, as this would suggest that LLNL would benefit from the same approach. Look for all LANL "reforms" to be evaluated in light of the impact on UC/LLNL.
Reforms will be piecemeal and limited; gradual improvements rather than real reform. UC's past management shown as a great success rather than riddled with problems. In other words, more business as usual.
"Now if the Livermore Lab can avoid the kinds of security problems that plagued Los Alamos in recent years, gaining a new contact for the UC system should go a lot easier."
Heh, heh. "Avoid the Plague." As they USED to say in the media, "Good night, and good luck."