McMillan: Budget problems impact lab's mission

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Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting the lab’s mission requirements.

The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan’s written testimony to the subcommittee.

McMillan spent most of his testimony talking about plutonium.

But he eventually talked about the budget.

And he did not a paint a good scenario.

“I am particularly concerned about the latest budget guidance we have received from the Office of Infrastructure and Operations in NNSA,” McMillan said. “Their planning direction would significantly reduce our facility operations and maintenance budgets in FY15 by $56 million, an 18 percent cut compared to FY13, with additional reductions planned for FY16. It will be very difficult to deliver on mission requirements if our already‐aging infrastructure is further undermined, and there will undoubtedly be scope impacts to our mission deliverables.”

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