Thursday, February 01, 2007
Nail Hit On Head
--Pat, the Dog
LANL continues to take the blame for security "incidents" that are known to either not be real or are known to be another organization's fault.
Refer to the Congressional Research Service report "China: Suspected Nuclear Weapon Secrets, Order Code RL30143, Feb 1, 2006, pg. 37. Quote: " By November 1999, the FBI reportedly obtained new evidence that China acquired information about U.S. nuclear weapons from a facility that assembles those weapons. The evidence apparently stemmed from errors in the PRC intelligence document said to contain a description of the W88 warhead. The errors were then traced to one of the "integrators" of the weapons, possibly including Sandia National Lab, Lockheed Martin Corporation (which runs Sandia), and the Navy.
And here's another Anonymous donor, extolling the recently little extolled about LANL:
"Where in all of this public flogging is the LANL 'Communications and Government Relations' Office? The lab offers so much more to the country than pit production and nuclear weapons and yet it is extraordinarily rare to see anything about the lab's other accomplishments. The new '1663' http://www.lanl.gov/science/1663/ magazine title doesn't even tie itself into the lab (a la LA Science of a few years back). (I suspect that not all of the general public has toured the Bradbury Science Museum to learn the significance of the 1663 reference.) There are fewer and fewer press releases and it seems that if it isn't covered in a master management memo, it didn't happen. The 'Communications and Government Relations' management should be on a full-court press to get out the good word that there is so much more here.
Thanks for your blog. Your time and effort are deeply appreciated here at the krill level of the LANL food chain."
24 disciplined following LANL security breach
WASHINGTON (AP) - Los Alamos National Laboratory officials say 24 lab employees were disciplined after an October security breach.
A lab spokesman, Kevin Roark, says three of the disciplined employees were reassigned.
Roark says most of the rest of the actions ranged from suspension without pay to written reprimands.
The disciplinary action came up during a US House oversight committee hearing Tuesday about the security breach.
No, B-Ohica, we'll make out just fine. No need to drum up fear about a loss of our pensions. You can get back to drinking that warm bottle of rot-gut booze that's sitting in front of you. Now, leave us all alone.
Something like that could happen, but only if LANS committed serious security violations at the highest levels of management and then tried to cover it up. Of course, that would be a worst case scenario, and I doubt it would ever happen. Still, the lack of any comments from the LANL PR office or from our upper management is kind of spooky.
In the areas where they CAN have a larger effect, current media-relations efforts to show off good LANL stories are underway with the New Yorker, Congresssional Quarterly, NPR, National Geographic,the History Channel, NPR, and a bunch more. There's a lot of real news about LANL science out there, but one does have to choose to acknowledge it and be willing to give credit where it's due. Maybe it's just easier to throw rocks.