The National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
- New LANL Director Thom Mason stresses, ‘Change where needed, continuity where critical.’
Los Alamos National Laboratory begins operations today under a new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC (Triad) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The NNSA awarded the M&O contract to Triad June 8, 2018.
“The new leadership team at Los Alamos is determined to strike the right balance between mission delivery for the nation and safe, operational excellence across the entire Laboratory,” said new Laboratory Director and President of Triad Thom Mason. “We are committed to partnering with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) as an integral part of the National Security Enterprise.”
Triad is a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and The Regents of the University of California (UC).
“I am honored and excited to lead Los Alamos National Laboratory, and to work with its talented and dedicated men and women to transform our culture and position the Laboratory for success well into the future,” Mason said. “Each and every employee is critical to the success of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The employees and the surrounding communities play an important part in the success of our mission.”
The new contract, which takes effect today, Nov. 1, 2018, includes a five-year base with five one-year options, for a total 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.
“The Triad team has the right combination of nuclear science, research and development, and management expertise to protect and enhance the critical national security operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory far into the future,” said The Honorable Ellen Tauscher, Chair of the Board of Directors for Triad National Security, LLC. “Together, we are proud to provide this crucial public service to the nation.”
Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution dedicated to enhancing national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.