WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced today it has awarded Triad National Security, LLC the management and operating (M&O) contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Triad National Security, LLC is a limited liability company, which consists of Battelle Memorial Institute, the Regents of the University of California, and the Regents of Texas A&M University. Fluor Federal Services, Huntington Ingalls Industries/Stoller Newport News, Longenecker & Associates, TechSource, Strategic Management Solutions and Merrick & Company will support Triad National Security, LLC in the performance of this contract.
“For 75 years, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation to enhance our national security,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “The lab will continue to be a critical resource to ensure the future safety and security of the United States as we begin work on new endeavors, like the effort to recapitalize our plutonium pit mission. I’m confident that Los Alamos’ world-class workforce will continue to answer the Nation’s call under the direction of NNSA’s new M&O partner, Triad National Security, LLC.”
The contract includes a five-year base with five one-year options, for a total of 10 years if all options are exercised. The estimated value of the contract is $2.5 billion annually.
“We are committed to working with the new management team to ensure a transition that is as seamless as possible,” LANL Director Terry Wallace said. “While the contract change will bring in a new team of parent companies, the laboratory’s mission remains the same: to serve the nation in the tradition of excellence that has defined Los Alamos for the last 75 years.”
The current M&O contract for LANL, held by Los Alamos National Security (LANS), currently expires Sept. 30, 2018, and will be extended to allow for a full four month transition period, which will provide stability for the workforce employed under the current contract and ensure efficient continuity of operations for the vital NNSA missions performed there. The contract awarded to Triad National Security, LLC presented the best value to the government when all factors were considered, and will provide future stability for a period of 10 years if all options are exercised.
The laboratory is one of the largest science and technology institutes in the world and it conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology, and supercomputing.
LANL’s primary mission is its national security responsibilities, which include the design, qualification, certification, and assessment of nuclear weapons. It is one of three National Laboratories charged by Congress to annually report on the state and health of the nuclear stockpile to the President of the United States, through the Secretaries of Energy and Defense.
The laboratory also exercises its abilities in nonproliferation and counter-proliferation to interdict the spread of nuclear technology; to identify, anticipate, and rapidly respond to emerging threats; and to apply its expertise in energy security solutions. LANL routinely performs work for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Department of Homeland Security, among others.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit www.energy.gov/nnsa for more information.