DOE Fires Head Of Weapons Labs | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 85 Issue 3 | p. 40 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 15, 2007

DOE Fires Head Of Weapons Labs

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

In a gently worded announcement, Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman fired Linton F. Brooks as head of the National Nuclear Security Administration. NNSA is a semiautonomous agency within the Energy Department responsible for overseeing the nation's nuclear weapons programs and operations. In a statement announcing Brooks's ordered resignation, Bodman pointed to "management and security issues" with serious implications for U.S. security, particularly a recent security breach at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the termination statement, however, Bodman also called Brooks "a good man" and one who "will be missed at DOE." On Jan. 5, the day after Brooks's firing, his assistant, Thomas Paul D'Agostino, NNSA deputy administrator for defense programs, was appointed acting NNSA administrator. NNSA was created in 2000 because of security breaches at the national labs, but the problems have continued despite attempts to tighten security.

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