Sunday, February 26, 2006

Bringing High-Grade Experience to Rival Lab

Michael Anastasio takes the helm at Los Alamos after a 25-year career at its fellow nuclear weapons design center in Livermore, Calif.
By Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
February 26 2006

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — Michael Anastasio stood before the employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory, his first all-hands meeting with the wary men and women who would soon be working for him. And he quickly made them laugh.

"I never in my life imagined that I would be standing here as the new director of Los Alamos," said Anastasio, who has worked for 25 years at Los Alamos' fellow — and fiercely competitive — nuclear weapons design center in Livermore, Calif. "And I bet you never imagined it either."

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-Sorry, but it's time to bring a reality check into this slough of blather.

The story says, "Anastasio said his top priorities are listening and trying to reassure employees unsettled by the years of high-profile security and fiscal problems, and then months of uncertainty during the contract competition."
"He must bring stability and renewed focus to employees of Los Alamos, whose celebrated history as birthplace of the atomic bomb has been tarnished by repeated safety, security and fiscal problems."

LANL has been "tarnished" with malice aforethought by self-serving Congressmen, Senators, DOE/NNSA bureaucrats, a spineless UC President, an amoral UC Board of Regents, and a national media unable or unwilling to do investigative reporting or postscript corrections to their botched, biased, and unbalanced stories about Los Alamos.

If these "repeated safety, security, and fiscal problems" had had any basis in fact, then LANL, LLNL, and Sandia would have all been shut down for the past decade.

Instead, we see that the lust for privatization of our national security laboratories has compromised them without justification or precedent. Our "former" enemies from the Cold War era are doubtless jealous of the outrageous success of this incompetent insider sabotage, and Osama bin Laden and his ilk must be rejoicing.

I predict that the time will come when we'll wish this all hadn't happened. All I can say is that I hope that sanity will ultimately prevail, and that some corrective action is taken--soon.

-Brad Lee Holian

Comments:
I confess, the reports of Mike A's presentation to LANL staff on 2/22/2006 just don't seem to jive with the glowing descriptives of him presented in this LA Times story. At least the critiques of his talk (which I did not have the privilege of attending) as presented in

http://lanl-the-real-story.blogspot.com/2006/02/mike-anastasio-laid-out-his-vision-of.html

make it sound like a different person gave the talk than the one described in the story.

Time will tell, I suppose.

--Doug
 
"On the pension, how do we find out what our fate is?" a white-haired man asked, sounding exasperated. "And does anyone care?"

"Of course people care," Anastasio replied. "I don't know the specific answer to your question, but we'll get you an answer."

After the meeting, several of those present said they were favorably impressed. "He seems to be very candid, honest and believable," said Richard Browning, 63, a mechanical engineer who retired last year. "And that's a lot better than what we've had."


And the answer is? Will we know before March 7th?
 
Hey, Mike Anastascio. I'm having trouble deciding what to do about
my UCRS pension. So tell me, Mike, what did you decide to do
with YOUR current UCRS pension benefits? Are you rolling it over
into the LANS corporate TCP1 plan? After all, you head up the
new company. Surely, you feel strongly enough about this new
company to join the majority of your LANL staff in taking the
TCP1 option, right? So, tell us, Mike. Where will your UCRS
pension funds be, come June 2nd? Do we really share a common
destiny?
 
With Mikes salary he should go inactive vested. I am sure his lump sum is a couple of million and at least 15K per month annuity option. I do beleive however that the top management at LANS is going to be covered by a "special" benefit plan. The rest of us get the leftovers.
 
Don't forget that Anastasio presided over the NIF fiasco!
 
"LANL has been "tarnished" with malice aforethought by self-serving Congressmen, Senators, DOE/NNSA bureaucrats, a spineless UC President, an amoral UC Board of Regents, and a national media unable or unwilling to do investigative reporting or postscript corrections to their botched, biased, and unbalanced stories about Los Alamos."

Brad, I couldn't agree more. You have named all of the major players in this tragedy. The damage that has been done to our national security is inestimable. Soon all of our experienced scientists will leave and any future talent will have more sense than to hang their lab coats here.

I have no doubt that our enemies are staying out of the way as they watch us destroy ourselves from within. They have certainly read Machiavelli, if our politicians would take some time away from reading the political tea leaves they might see that their gravy train can come to a screeching halt if they don't put a stop to this mess. But we all know they would rather drive every one of us off a cliff than admit their collective mistakes.
 
Darhtman,

Anastasio and NIF have been discussed before. NIF spun out of control under Tarter.

Arcs_n_Sparks
 
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