Jun 3, 2007

Private executives hired at Livermore National Lab

By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER
Inside Bay Area

For the first time, executives from private industry are taking places in the upper ranks of Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons lab, in some cases pushing aside career managers for the University of California.

Lab director George Miller on Wednesday named Bechtel vice president Steve Liedle as his second in command and six other executives from the San Francisco-based engineering giant and other private firms to key lab positions over business operations, safety, nuclear operations, facilities and more.

To make way, high-ranking executives of the lab - among them, nonproliferation and homeland security chief Ray Juzaitis, safety and environmental director William Bookless, associate director at large Bruce Warner, even human resources director and former lab counsel Jan Tulk - no longer would be listed as top managers when the new UC/Bechtel-led team takes charge in October. They along with all other lab staff in good standing will be offered jobs within the next six weeks, Miller said.

The lab's small yet respected Energy and Environmental Directorate disappeared altogether, subsumed under a new program called "global security" that includes everything from homeland security to nonproliferation policy and intelligence analysis on foreign weapons of mass destruction, all gathered under a former Army general and Battelle vice president John Doesburg.

Those areas and other unclassified research are expected to grow rapidly and become as much a part of the lab's bottom line as its bread-and-butter mission of designing and maintaining nuclear weapons, according to Miller.

"I think our belief is that the laboratory over the next decade or so is going to become much more balanced than it currently is. It's probably two-thirds or so nuclear stuff right now," he said, predicting "much more balance, a 50-50 kind of a deal" with more work devoted to homeland security, climate science and developing sources of clean energy and water.

"The sense of the laboratory was that many of these energy and environmental issues were going to become important to the future of the country and to the future of the globe," Miller said. "We believe all of these fall under the rubric of global security not just defense."

The management shakeup makes clear, however, that nuclear weapons remain front and center at Livermore. Under Miller and Liedle are five principal associate directors, and two of them - Bruce Goodwin over weapons and complex integration, and Ed Moses over the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science - are funded chiefly by the National Nuclear Security Administration, the nuclear weapons arm of the U.S. Energy Department. The other principal associates include former Bell Labs physicist Cherry Murray remaining over science and technology; Bechtel vice president Frank Russo over operations and business; and Battelle's Doesburg over global security.

Contact Ian Hoffman at ihoffman@angnewspapers.


Eric said...

I would appreciate some comment on the fact that Bechtel now apparently controls Livermore and Los Alamos while Lockheed Martin controls Sandia and AWE so most of the world's nuclear weapons research, development, and manufacturing is in the hands of two multinational companies.

In addition, Vice President Cheney is still being paid substantially by Halliburton. So, even the Vice President appears to be privatized.

Add these two things to the fact that 90% of the cost of the war in Iraq is essentially being put on a credit card while most of the fighters in Iraq are hired mercenaries and it is not clear where this country is going.

I do not know enough history to know whether this apparent control of the government by industrial contractors has happened for decades or not.

Please enlighten me.

Anonymous said...

"I do not know enough history to know whether this apparent control of the government by industrial contractors has happened for decades or not.

Please enlighten me."

This goes back to the Eisenhower years, when he described your concern regarding the "military-industrial complex."

Anonymous said...

Well, well, well. The University of California at its best these days!

Anonymous said...

6:49 am:

"Vice President Cheney is still being paid substantially by Halliburton"

Would you please post any sustantiation of this allegation, which, if true, would constitute a clear violation of federal law? Or, is is just more "bash Bush" rhetoric??

Jeez, I'm sick of this "gotcha" shit.

Anonymous said...

4/07 8:33 PM:

Regarding Dick Cheney’s continuing compensation from Halliburton, 30 seconds on Google turns up the following (along with 819,000 other hits on “Cheney Halliburton pay”):




(I am not 6:49 a.m., by the way. Just another reader tired of right-wing attempts to dismiss well-established and documented facts as “just more ‘bash Bush’ rhetoric.”

Jeez, I'm tired of this "Peace is War," "Freedom is Slavery," "Ignorance is Strength," "We have always been at war with Oceania" shit. )

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should bring Ray J back to LANL?

Anonymous said...

So, now the criminals are siezing power. What is to become of our future as the rampant corruption manifests itself?