Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hard choices are coming down the pipeline from NNSA

Submitted by Anonymous:
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Doug,

This article from Wednesday's LA Monitor is the type
of news you'll never see in the LANL Newsbulletin.
Seems NNSA is eager to start putting some of our
experimental physics projects on the chopping block.
Which will be next, LANCSE or DHART? Of course,
LLNL's NIF is the big enchilada in terms of
non-delivery. Closing down NIF might even help make
part of the down payment for a brand new RRW
production facility somewhere out in the Nevada
desert.

Hard choices are coming down the pipeline from NNSA.
Prepare for impact.


http://lamonitor.com/articles/2006/06/07/headline_news/news03.txt

Atlas power project at LANL stalls again - Los Alamos
Monitor (June 7, 2006)

After several premature reports of its demise, a
controversial component of the stockpile stewardship
program, the Atlas Pulsed Power Experimental Facility,
is about to go dormant.

Brian Wilkes, at NNSA headquarters said this morning
that no additional funds would be requested for FY07,
the budget year that begins Oct. 1.

Comments:
Isn't this the truth?

"Of course,
LLNL's NIF is the big enchilada in terms of
non-delivery. Closing down NIF might even help make
part of the down payment for a brand new RRW
production facility somewhere out in the Nevada
desert."
 
You people still don't get it, do you? If it doesn't smell like pit production, we're not interested in having LANL play around with it. Neither is NNSA. That is why LANS, LLC is now running the show there. They understand what we want you to be doing.
 
ATLAS is, and has been, a money sinkhole looking for a mission. It has been bailed out, over the DOE objections, for about a decade, by LANL whining and Senator Domenici's ill advised interference.

Last years budget had no funds for ATLAS, once again. Pete, once again, put money into the budget for it. How is the DOE to "manage" the Labs under such conditions? It isn't!!!

So, this has nothing to do with LANS, as the problem of ATLAS is a very old one, which serves to illustrate how hard it is to kill a bad idea. Sandia's "Z pinch", a successful program, pretty much covers the research area that ATLAS was forced into, so ATLAS should never have been built. But, it was built (because of Pete) and then doesn't get DOE funding because its of very little value to the programs. Want to bet that Pete will finally let this pig die?? Only if LANS stops the infernal whining, which we can hope for.

The best thing for LANL's future, and the nation, would be for Pete to die, or; for LANS to stop calling him. Then, and only then, can the DOE begin to "manage" LANL is some meaningful way. Until then, its the "same old, same old". Pork, not progress..

As for DARHT, it also should not have been built, and in fact it is still incomplete. The LLNL FXR machine was sufficent, but LANL and Pete got their way, and we have wasted $300 million on this failed program.... The sad history of LANL, which LANL employees need to wake up to.
 
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