This item was quietly posted in the Newsbulletin yesterday. Oddly, it doesn't mention that LANL currently performs this work for all LANL designs, and that the Sandia work is performed in Livermore, not Albuquerque. So what happens to the LANL GTS engineers now?
No idea, Anonymous. Even if they can sell their homes in Los Alamos, can they afford to live in Northern California? Will their salaries be adjusted? Will there be relocation assistance? Are they even being offered the chance to keep their moved jobs?
NNSA consolidates gas transfer system work
January 9, 2009
Gas transfer system research, development, and design authority will be consolidated to Sandia National Laboratories.
“This is one example of our efforts to downsize, streamline, and clarify work throughout NNSA’s national security enterprise,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Robert Smolen. “Like any business, we are taking steps to eliminate redundancies and create focused mission centers at our sites.”
The gas transfer system is an essential non-nuclear warhead component that enables tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, to boost the yield of a nuclear weapon.
To read a news release, click here.