Lockheed Martin Announces Los Alamos Bid Team

Lockheed Martin Corporation and The University of Texas System have signed an agreement that officially teams the two in the Department of Energy's (DOE) competition to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Other members of the Lockheed Martin Los Alamos Alliance are CH2M Hill, headquartered in Denver, Colo., and Fluor Corporation, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Dr. C. Paul Robinson, who will become LANL director if the Lockheed Martin-UT System team wins, said, "We have assembled a best-of-the-best team. Each member of our alliance is an experienced leader in fields of expertise required to efficiently and effectively plan, manage, and carry out the important science and technology that LANL must deliver to the nation. Simply put, we intend to provide the Los Alamos employees with the quality of leadership and management support they deserve."

Proposals for the LANL management contract must be submitted to DOE by July 19. A decision is expected December 1.

"The UT System is one of the world's great university systems," Robinson said. "CH2M Hill is a highly experienced environmental clean-up and restoration leader that also has unique experience with plutonium components. Fluor is a premier engineering and construction company with extensive experience developing and managing large, high-tech projects, including major facilities at Los Alamos. Fluor also is consistently rated among the world's safest contractors."

Vital to the Lockheed Martin/UT System team are plans to partner with the Los Alamos residents and the citizens of Northern New Mexico communities, Robinson explained. "Our vision is that through our team's efforts these locales will become even more attractive places to live, work, and develop new businesses," he said.

Mark Yudof, UT System Chancellor, said the teaming agreement "represents an opportunity for Los Alamos National Laboratory to return to a position of unquestioned technical preeminence among our national laboratories.

"We decided to enter this competition," he said, "because our research told us that Lockheed Martin was the only industrial partner that could offer the combination of unerring commitment to facilitating research as well as the capacity and track record of managing the on-going security requirements that a laboratory of this scope requires."

Chancellor Yudof also said, "We envision a Los Alamos that draws upon the distinctive genius of researchers from many institutions across the nation, a Los Alamos where solid management gives those researchers the freedom to do their work, and a Los Alamos with a renewed confidence and recognition of its vital role in the science and security of our nation."

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                      Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Laboratory is the largest institution in Northern New Mexico with more than 8,300 employees plus approximately 3,000 contractor personnel. Its annual budget is about $2.2 billion. From its origins as a secret Manhattan Project laboratory, Los Alamos has attracted world-class scientists and applied their energy and creativity to solving some of the nation's most challenging problems. (

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in research, design, development, manufacture, and integration of advanced technology systems, products, and services. Its core markets are defense and intelligence, civil government, homeland security, and information technology. It currently has projects with the U.S. departments of energy, defense, homeland security, commerce, health and human services, housing and urban development, justice, state, and transportation. About 60,000 of those employees are scientists and engineers with operations in about 1,000 facilities, 500 cities, 45 states, and 56 countries. A fundamental Lockheed Martin principle is to deliver high-quality products and services that perform with extraordinary reliability. Its 12-year record of Sandia National Laboratories management is one of the best in the DOE complex. Other Lockheed Martin-managed national security organizations and operations include: the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Schenectady, NY; the Nevada Test Site; and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in the United Kingdom. (More information at,,

The University of Texas System (UT System)

The UT System is one of the largest and most diverse public university systems in the nation. Almost 183,000 students attend one of the System's nine academic and six health campuses that employ more than 76,000 faculty and staff. With an annual operating budget of over $8.5 billion, the System's institutions excel at groundbreaking research in an immense variety of disciplines. In FY 2004, the 15 institutions received $1.54 billion in externally funded research. For FY2005, research at UT institutions is expected to reach $1.9 billion. Many of the UT System's research centers and labs already are closely aligned with research strengths and science conducted at LANL. Many of the System's campuses house numerous centers, institutes, and programs that conduct research similar to that at LANL. These include research in materials chemistry, nanoscience, nanostructure device fabrication, nuclear engineering, advanced polymer research, advanced computing, nonlinear dynamics, computational biology, plasma applications, quantum electronics, electromechanics, biotechnology, biodefense, and many other fields. The UT System already is working under a memorandum of understanding with Sandia National Laboratories to provide peer review for that national lab's research programs, to participate with Sandia scientists on collaborative research projects, and to provide specialized courses taught by UT professors to increase educational opportunities at Sandia. UT Austin has operated the Applied Research Laboratory, funded by the US Department of Defense, for the past 40 years. Like LANL, the UT System has significant involvement in technology transfers and collaboration with US industry. In FY2003, it posted 99 US patents, 1511 executed licenses and options, and 12 start-up companies. (More information at

Fluor Corporation

Fluor is one of the world's largest publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction, operations, and project management organizations. With more than 30,000 employees, Fluor maintains a network of offices in more than 25 countries across six continents. Consistently rated as one of the world's safest contractors, Fluor's primary objective is to develop, execute, and maintain projects on schedule, within budget, and with excellence. Over the past six years, Fluor has ranked No. 1 four times on FORTUNE magazine's America's Most Admired Companies list in the "Engineering, Construction" category. Fluor is also the only US-based company to be ranked on FORTUNE magazine's World's Most Admired Companies list in that same category. Fluor serves clients in a wide variety of industries worldwide, including oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, commercial and institutional, government services, life sciences, manufacturing, power, and transportation. Its customers currently include the US departments of defense, energy, homeland security, labor, and state. Fluor's experience with nuclear-related construction dates back to the Manhattan Project. (

CH2M Hill

CH2M Hill, an employee-owned firm, retains its founders' original sense of entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to technical excellence, innovation, and emphasis on client service. CH2M Hill is an environmental clean-up/restoration leader with core strengths and knowledge in small-lot pit manufacturing for the US nuclear weapons complex. Its Nuclear Business Unit manages large, multifaceted nuclear programs for public and private sector clients, which led to vast experience in safe, cost-effective project delivery ranging from siting, licensing, and permitting of new facilities to cleanup and closure of large complex former nuclear weapons production facilities. CH2M Hill has managed the 10-year, $7 billion cleanup and closure of DOE's former Rocky Flats pit manufacturing and weapons production facility located 15 miles northwest of Denver. Rocky Flats is the first large nuclear weapons site to be successfully cleaned up and closed in the United States. This accelerated clean up strategy shaves 60 years and $30 billion from initial estimates. It also has been a major team member of the DOE's Hanford (Washington) Environmental Restoration Contract and obtained first-ever remediation Record of Decision at the Hanford site - authorizing cleanup of more than 500 waste sites. CH2M Hill owns a five-year, $2.2 billion contract to manage 53 million gallons of high-level waste at the Hanford Tank Farms. The scope includes infrastructure design, construction, and waste removal. (

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