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Triad Names LANL Associate Directors Effective Nov. 1

on July 16, 2018 - 11:50pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate Thom Mason met with the Los Alamos Daily Post news team today and announced that Triad National Security, LLC has named the associate directors who will begin their new jobs Nov. 1 when Triad assumes management of LANL.

Michael Bernardin
Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Design

Michael Bernardin will serve as the Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Design for Los Alamos National Laboratory once Triad assumes responsibility for the laboratory.

LANL Director Designate Thom Mason Shares Vision

on July 16, 2018 - 6:47pm
LANL Director designate Thom Mason
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate and Triad National Security, LLC CEO Thom Mason met with Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and staff at noon Monday at the newspaper’s downtown office on Central Avenue.

Mason said he spent the morning talking to Lab staff during an all-hands meeting.

“We’re excited to be here.

LANL Director Designate Thom Mason Meets With Los Alamos Daily Post News Team

on July 16, 2018 - 12:52pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate Thom Mason visited the Los Alamos Daily Post at noon today and is pictured here with Post Publisher Carol A. Clark. Mason discussed many topics and said that the list of names of newly selected associate directors at the lab will be released later today. Check back at this afternoon for a full report on today's meeting with Mason as well as the list of the new ADs. Photo by John McHale/

LANL Director designate Thom Mason, left, meeting with news staff at noon today at the Los Alamos Daily Post including, from

BSMA Thanks Community; Leadership For Support

on July 16, 2018 - 8:08am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stops by the BSMA booth to support STEM Education during the LANL Family Picnic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
LANL Director Terry Wallace and his wife Michelle Hall stop by the BSMA booth to support STEM education during Family Picnic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
BSMA News:
The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) thanks community members and leaders for their support during the recent LANL Family Picnic.
The BSMA is the 501 (c) 3 non-profit arm of the Bradbury Science Museum created to provide STEM education outreach initiatives throughout northern

MPNHP-Los Alamos Friends Group And National Park Service Sign Philanthropic Partnership Agreement

on July 15, 2018 - 10:37am

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park - Los Alamos gathered Friday afternoon for a special signing ceremony with the National Park Service at the powerhouse (stone house) on Bathtub Row. Back row from left, Ranger Josh Nelson and Board members Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher; LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan; Vice President/County Councilor Rick Reiss; Treasurer Ron Wilkins; Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly; Shannon Corporation owner Shannon C’de Baca and Karen Henderson.

Federal Agencies Partner To Offer First Tour Of Los Alamos Manhattan Project Facilities

on July 13, 2018 - 6:36pm
Battleship bunker: Build in 1944, the Battleship Bunker supported implosion diagnostic tests for Fat Man. The building is known as a battleship building because the bunker’s west end is bow-shaped and shielded with a steel plate. Courtesy/NNSA
Pond cabin: Tours of historic sites featured a visit to the Pond Cabin, which served as an office for Emilio Segrè’s Radioactivity Group studying plutonium during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy/NNSA


 The U. S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office and Los Alamos National

Council Hears From Los Alamos County Management On Potential Impact Of Triad Taxability Status

on July 13, 2018 - 9:41am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, right, and County Attorney Alvin Leaphart listen Wednesday evening as County Council discusses the ramifications to the County budget if new LANL M&O contractor Triad National Security, LLC operates under non-profit status. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Assistant County Manager Steve Lynne responds to questions from Los Alamos County Councilors during his presentation Wednesday evening at a special session of the Council. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post


Naval Nuclear Laboratory Contracts Awarded To FMP

on July 13, 2018 - 8:40am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Naval Reactors, a joint program of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Navy (DON), announced the selection of Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) as the new DOE and DON contractor for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

FMP, a limited liability company, is a wholly owned, special-purpose subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Naval Reactors conducted a full and open competition for the new NNL contracts. 

The estimated combined award value of these contracts is approximately $30 billion over ten years if all options are

‘Doctor Atomic’ Coming To Santa Fe Opera

on July 13, 2018 - 8:09am
The opera ‘Doctor Atomic’ during a performance at The Metropolitan Opera. Courtesy photo
SFO News:
The opera “Doctor Atomic” opens this weekend at the Santa Fe Opera. Composed by John Adams with a libretto by Peter Sellars, the opera takes place in the weeks leading up to the Trinity Test. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, is the central character of the opera.
Other historical figures involved in the Manhattan Project, including General Leslie Groves, Edward Teller, Robert R. Wilson, and Kitty Oppenheimer, also are represented.
Rather than writing

Trinity Test ‘Gadget’ Anniversary July 16

on July 13, 2018 - 8:02am
Courtesy photo
AHF News:
July 16 is the 73rd anniversary of the Trinity Test, the world’s first nuclear weapons test. At 5:29 a.m., the “Gadget” exploded with a yield of about 15-20 kilotons of TNT.
Manhattan Project veterans recall their reactions to the explosion. For example, chemist Lilli Hornig describes the mushroom cloud: “I remember these boiling clouds and vivid colors like violet, purple, orange, yellow, red, just everything. It was fantastic. We were all shaken up.”

For more on the Trinity Test, visit Veterans Remember the Trinity Test, Trinity Test Eyewitnesses and

Pongratz Appointed To Representative Council On RCLC

on July 12, 2018 - 4:11pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz is the newly appointed Council representative to the RCLC Board. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Chris Chandler said Tuesday she is sorry to be leaving her position as County representative to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board.

Councilor Morrie Pongratz was recently appointed by Council Chair David Izraelevitz and will represent the Council for the remainder of 2018. Izraelevitz said Chandler has been instrumental in the

Road Work Resumes Between Truck Route And ‘Y’

on July 12, 2018 - 4:09pm


Paving work will resume Friday, July 13, on N.M. 4 between the truck route and the White Rock “Y” interchange with N.M. 502.

This work will result in just one lane open throughout the weekend with a pilot car to escort traffic in both directions from early morning to late afternoon.

Friday commuters may want to consider using the Main Hill Road as the most efficient route to get to and from Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Regarding the project on N.M.

Preserving Los Alamos History At The Archives

on July 12, 2018 - 10:26am

State-of-the-art shelving in the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives and Collections. Courtesy photo

By Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Society

As the community of Los Alamos, a relatively young town in historic New Mexico, grows older, portions of its population are also aging. When retirees downsize or parents pass away, families often wonder what to do with old papers and objects from years gone by. The Los Alamos Historical Society often becomes the repository for those collections.

As caretakers of our community history, the Historical Society has legal and ethical

Los Alamos County Officials Announce Washington Trip To Address Triad Taxability Issue

on July 11, 2018 - 1:19pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Vice Chair Chris Chandler discuss their itinerary for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. Also traveling are fellow Councilor Morrie Pongratz and County Manager Harry Burgess. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Just 24 hours ahead of its special session on the budget impact of Triad National Security, LLC taking over the Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operating contract, Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved travel expenses for Council Chair

LANL Holds Annual DistrupTech Showcase Thursday

on July 10, 2018 - 4:50pm

LANL News:

Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory has teamed with the New Mexico Angels to kick off the Fourth Annual DisrupTech Showcase, which is a celebration of 'disruptive technology’ created by the minds at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This year’s festivities are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday in the community room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Tickets are $35 and will include access to a very unique networking opportunity, a full reception and, of course – the featured presentations of LANL’s most promising and emerging technologies.

NNSA: Eastbound NM 502 Traffic Reconfigured To Ease Impacts From Road Construction

on July 10, 2018 - 3:42pm

NNSA News:

Traffic engineers are reconfiguring traffic plans on N.M. 4 and N.M. 502 to improve the rush-hour commute from Los Alamos during road construction activities.

Drivers may consider using Main Hill Road to leave LANL and Los Alamos for the next couple of weeks as today begins construction work between the intersection of East Jemez Road/N.M. 4 and N.M. 502. A pilot car will escort traffic between the two points during off-peak hours.

Engineers are planning today through Thursday to reconfigure lanes on N.M.

Meet Triad’s Senior Leadership Team

on July 9, 2018 - 1:09pm

Triad National Security, LLC, organizational chart. Courtesy/TNS

Staff Report

Triad National Security, LLC, announced this morning that Dr. Thomas Mason will serve as the director designate of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Triad, which is the Laboratory's new managing and operating contractor.

Mason’s appointment as director will become effective Nov. 1.

Triad indicates that it brings world-class expertise in lab management, nuclear operations, national security and scientific research, and has been created solely to manage and operate LANL for the National Nuclear

LANL Director Announces Triad Notice To Proceed

on July 9, 2018 - 12:40pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace announced to Lab staff this morning that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has issued a “notice to proceed” for Triad National Security LLC, the new M&O contractor for the Laboratory.

“This notice marks the formal beginning of the contract transition period, which will take no less than 120 days to complete. I am committed to working with the new team and NNSA to ensure a successful transition.

Budil: UC And Triad Have Unmatched Combination

on July 9, 2018 - 11:11am

UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil


For three-quarters of a century, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a singular force in advancing scientific knowledge across new frontiers — from its origins in World War II to its role in the Human Genome Project and the exploration of Mars.

Since Los Alamos’ earliest years, the University of California has played a key role in managing the laboratory. Now, as a member of a new consortium, Triad National Security LLC, which the U.S.

Triad National Security, LLC Announces New LANL Director And Senior Leadership Team

on July 9, 2018 - 10:56am

LANL Director Designate Dr. Thomas Mason. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Thomas Mason will serve as the director designate of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Triad National Security, LLC, LANL’s new managing and operating contractor, a TRIAD spokesman announced this morning.

“He will work closely with the Lab’s current director Dr. Terry Wallace to ensure a smooth transition between operating teams,” the spokesman said.

Mason’s appointment as director will become effective Nov.

Council To Discuss Potential Budget Impacts Of LANL Contract Award During Special Session Wednesday

on July 7, 2018 - 4:24pm


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, in Council Chamber in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Council is scheduled to discussion and possibly take action on the budget impact of recent LANL contract award.

The meeting is open to the public.


3. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on July 5, 2018 - 4:49pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is introduced to Los Alamos Daily Post student intern Connor Hoch during his visit this afternoon to the newspaper to meet with the news team. Hoch is a freshman at Los Alamos High School who is spending his summer working at the newspaper. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters this afternoon and spoke with staff about tech transfer, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other topics.

“Every year, the DOE gets

NNSA Breaks Ground On Albuquerque Complex Project

on July 2, 2018 - 10:37am

NNSA News:
  • Three-story, 330,000-square-foot structure will house 1,200 federal and contractor employees

Albuquerque – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) broke ground today on a state-of-the-art facility for its workforce in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The $174.7 million Albuquerque Complex Project will provide modern, safe, and reliable workspace to approximately 1,200 employees who support NNSA’s vital national security missions.

“Our dedicated employees in Albuquerque contribute every day to our Nation’s nuclear security and it’s time we provide

Council Special Session July 11 Focuses On Potential GRT Shortfall Should Triad File As Not-For-Profit Entity

on July 2, 2018 - 10:33am


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 in Council Chambers. The only topic on the agenda is a discussion of options and preparation needed because of a potential Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) shortfall that might be forthcoming if Triad National Security, LLC (TNS) – the apparent successful bidder for the O&M contract at LANL – files with the State of New Mexico as a not-for-profit entity.

The County would be without approximately $20 million in annual GRT if TNS was to make such a request.

A Few More Scenes From LANL 75th Year Celebration

on July 2, 2018 - 10:33am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján speaks about the importance of the Laboratory and its mission during his address to the crowd gathered Saturday for the Regional Leadership Breakfast as part of LANL's 75th Anniversary Celebration and Family Picnic in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace and LANL Community Partners Office Director Kathy Keith Saturday at Fuller Lodge for the Lab's 75th Anniversary Celebration. Photo by Jennifer Cline

LANL employees, family members and community members participate in various lawn games during LANL's