Today I was reading a little blurb about the nuclear security chief, Tom D’Agostino, resigning when something caught my eye. Via the Seattle Times, it starts out with…
The man who has led the nation’s nuclear-security agency since 2007 is stepping down next month after presiding over a 20 percent increase in the agency’s budget but also some management missteps that have raised questions about the agency’s ability to carry out its mission.
Tom D’Agostino announced Friday he is leaving the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which funds and oversees work at the Sandia and Los Alamos national labs in New Mexico. The research centers employ about 20,000 people in the state. He was appointed to the post by President George W. Bush.
True to form, the article went on to say that he wants to spend more time with his family. But that’s not what caught my eye.
His announcement came the same day the agency ordered higher security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
To which I responded:
All I could dig up was this, from the AP:
[T]he lab said that the National Nuclear Security Administration has directed it to increase security immediately, meaning vehicles and visitors will be subject to extra checks.
Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said lab officials never discuss the reasons behind security alerts. He did say the order was exclusive to Los Alamos, and not all of the nation’s nuclear facilities.
Just thought it was worth a mention.