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September 25, 2018

Incoming LANL Director to Give Update on Lab Transition

By ExchangeMonitor

The head of Triad National Security is slated Wednesday to brief the University of California Board of Regents’ National Laboratories Subcommittee about the company’s progress in assuming the management and operations contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Thomas Mason, president and CEO of the UC-led company, “will brief the Regents on the leadership, organization, and governance of Triad, and the status of Triad’s transition activities,” according to a notice posted online.

The university will stream the meeting.

Mason, who is also the incoming Los Alamos lab director, is the former head of Oak Ridge National Laboratory management and operations contractor UT-Battelle.

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration on June 8 awarded Triad National Security a Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operations contract worth more than $20 billion over 10 years, including options. Annual lab-management fees were capped at $50 million, according to the NNSA’s solicitation. The five-year base period is worth about $10 billion.

Triad is set to take over on Nov. 1. The company is a three-way partnership of longtime Los Alamos manager the University of California, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Texas A&M University. Triad also includes integrated industry subcontractors Fluor Federal Services and Huntington Ingalls Industries/Stoller Newport News Nuclear.

Incumbent Los Alamos National Security is losing the lab management and operations contract it won in 2006 after a series of nuclear-safety and management lapses at the northern New Mexico weapons lab. The company is led by the University of California and Bechtel National, with industry partners AECOM and BWX Technologies.