LANL man named Security Professional of the Year

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By Carol A. Clark

Bartolo “Bart” Torres from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected as the 2010 Security Professional of the Year. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) made the announcement Wednesday for the fourth annual Security Professionals of the Year Awards.

Torres was the primary security and budget expert responsible for developing and implementing significant enhancements to the Defense Nuclear Security (DNS) Program, Planning, Budget, and Evaluation (PPBE) process, according a NNSA news release.

“Brad Peterson, NNSA’s chief and associate administrator for Defense Nuclear Security called me out of the blue,” said Torres during an interview this morning. “He asked me if I was expecting this and I told him no – I was totally surprised.”

Torres said he felt honored to be recognized and that the award was something that must be shared with all of the LANL and NNSA personnel who helped him succeed.

Torres is being recognized for his leadership in establishing new budget review processes for DNS using technical subject matter experts from across the enterprise, scrutinizing Protective Force budgets in detail, and implementing a standard cost model for “bottom-up” pricing and comparing Protective Force work, which comprised approximately 60 percent of the nearly $770 million FY2010 budget, according to a NNSA news release.

The combined result of Torres’ efforts helped DNS realize tens of millions of dollars in cost savings in FY2011 over the previous year, while maintaining a robust security posture across the enterprise.

“As we work to invest in the future of our enterprise, encouraging and rewarding the best security practices is an important part of our effort to improve the way we do business,” Peterson said in the release.
“By dedicating themselves to protecting some of the country’s most vital strategic assets, our security professionals help to advance U.S. national security goals and implement the president’s nuclear security agenda.”

Stephen Scott from the Nevada Site Office also received an award for spearheading the deployment of a wireless network around the Device Assembly Facility to improve tactical communications, securing funding for the Technology Deployment Integration Center to assess new security technologies and facilitating a memorandum of understanding with the Air Force to establish Unmanned Aerial Vehicle support at the NNSS.

Torres, 50, was born in Española and worked at the lab from 1982 to 1984, first as an undergraduate and then as a graduate research assistant, according to a LANL news release.

He moved to the Nevada Test Site for about 10 years, advancing to lead the Airborne Response Team.
Torres returned to Los Alamos in 1993. He divides his time between supporting the Associate Directorate for Safeguards and Security and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security.

Torres has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University, a masters’ degree in security management and an MBA, both from Webster University. He also is a Certified Protection Professional.

Torres lives in La Mesilla with his wife Michelle Ferran, who works at TA-55 and has been employed at LANL for 27 years.

Peterson will formally recognize Torres at a special ceremony tentatively set for April 21 at LANL.