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Texas A&M System Part Of Successful Multi-Billion Dollar Bid To Manage The Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory

The Texas A&M system is part of a company that has won a multi-billion dollar contract to manage the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory in New Mexico.

The A&M system is a partner in Triad National Security, which received a five year base contract 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.

Additional information from The Associated Press:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ The Latest on a management contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

A contract worth an estimated $2.5 billion a year to manage one of the nation’s premiere nuclear weapons laboratories is a boon for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s alma mater.

Texas A&M, along with the University of California and the Ohio-based research firm Battelle, make up the consortium that was awarded the management contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory on Friday.

The Texas A&M regents who authorized pursuit of the deal include some of Perry’s biggest political donors and his personal attorney.

Asked whether Perry spoke with Texas A&M officials or regents during the bidding process, A&M System spokesman Laylan Copelin referred to a brief statement that didn’t address Perry’s possible involvement.

Watchdog groups that have been critical of safety lapses at the New Mexico lab also were concerned about the University of California’s continued role in management and political influence in that state.

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10:07 a.m.

The U.S. government has awarded a team of two universities and a research firm with offices around the world a $2.5 billion-a-year contract to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The National Nuclear Security Administration said Friday the winning bidder is Triad National Security LLC, made up of Battelle Memorial Institute, Texas A&M University and the University of California.

The University of California has played a role in management since the lab’s inception. The once-secret northern New Mexico lab was the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

Following serious concerns about management more than a decade ago, the university formed a consortium with Bechtel and other private companies to become Los Alamos National Security LLC.

Problems persisted and federal officials announced in 2015 the contract wouldn’t be renewed, prompting the bidding process.

Statement from the Triad National Security company, of which the Texas A&M System is a member:

“Triad National Security, LLC is honored by today’s decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to award the Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operations contract to our team. We are committed to building on the legacy of world-class research, unparalleled innovation, and service to public good that have been the hallmark of the laboratory since it was founded in 1943. Until Triad receives the notice to proceed from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and transition commences, we are unable to provide additional information about our team’s plans beyond the details announced today by the DOE/NNSA.”

Statement issued by Governor Abbott:

Governor Greg Abbott today congratulated the Texas A&M University System, and its partners, for being awarded new management contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Headquartered in Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the nation’s top research and development institutions dedicated to national security and ensuring the safety and reliability of nuclear weapons. The laboratory is a federal facility overseen by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and employs 11,000 people with an annual operating budget of $3 billion.

“Today’s announcement charges the Texas A&M University System with the management of one of the world’s premier laboratories in the areas of defense, nuclear weapons and nuclear nonproliferation,” said Governor Abbott. “The award links Texas with one of the world’s premier R&D institutions, and I am proud of the expanded contributions our state will make towards our nation’s defense. I commend Chancellor Sharp and the Texas A&M University System for securing this contract that will provide significant opportunities for skilled workers trained in Texas to make lasting contributions to our national security.”

The management and operations contract for Los Alamos announced today was awarded to Triad National Security, LLC., which consists of the Texas A&M University System, Battelle Memorial Institute, and the University of California. 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.

News release from the federal energy department’s national nuclear security admiministration:

WASHINGTON – 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.

The current M&O contract for LANL, held by Los Alamos National Security (LANS), currently expires on September 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.

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Posted by on Jun 8 2018. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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