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November 19, 2018

Stopgap LANL Director Wallace Remains at Lab in Emeritus Role

By ExchangeMonitor

Terry Wallace, who was briefly director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the waning days of Los Alamos National Security’s management contract, is still with the lab in an emeritus role, a Los Alamos spokesperson told Weapons Complex Morning Briefing.

Wallace “continues to serve the Laboratory as Director Emeritus in the Office of National Security and International Studies,” a lab spokesperson wrote in an email Thursday. Wallace is still based in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the spokesperson said.

Wallace replaced longtime laboratory director Charles McMillan on Jan. 1. Wallace served about nine months as director until Triad National Security took over management of the nation’s oldest national laboratory on Nov. 1.

When he was still working for McMillan, Wallace was Los Alamos National Laboratory’s principal associate director for global security: a position he had held since 2011. In that role, Wallace led laboratory programs “with a focus on applying scientific and engineering capabilities to address national and global security threats, in particular, nuclear threats,” according to his official bio. He has worked at LANL since 2003.

DOE in 2014 elected not to extended Los Alamos National Security’s roughly $2-billion-a-year contract after a nuclear waste accident that caused a radiation leak at the agency’s underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. The company was a partnership led by the University of California and Bechtel National, with industry teammates AECOM and BWX Technologies.

Triad, led by nonprofits Battelle Memorial Institute, longtime Los Alamos manager the University of California, and Texas A&M University, took over at Los Alamos on Nov. 1, under a National Nuclear Security Administration management contract worth about $20 billion over 10 years, including five one-year options. Fluor and Huntington Ingalls Industries are integrated subcontractors on the pact.