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Secretary Chu, NNSA Administrator Congratulate New Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles F. McMillan

May 26, 2011 - 12:00am

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WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today congratulated Dr. Charles F. McMillan on his appointment as the new director of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). McMillan, who started his career as an experimental physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1983, was chosen after a rigorous, nationwide selection process that attracted more than 150 applicants.

Beginning next month, McMillan will serve as the tenth LANL director and as the President of the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the management and operations contractor responsible for its operations.

"Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the crown jewels of our nation's scientific enterprise and one of the Department of Energy's most important, accomplished and prestigious laboratories," said Secretary Chu. "As we work to accomplish the Department's vital national security missions and make the critical investments required to transform the energy economy, I know we have an outstanding partner in Charlie McMillan."

Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos National Laboratory is a principal contributor to NNSAs' programs to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and to reduce the international dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction.

"Having known and worked with Charlie McMillan for more than a decade, I know Los Alamos is in excellent hands," said NNSA Administrator Thomas P. D'Agostino. "As we work to invest in the future and build the modern, 21st century nuclear security enterprise required to implement the President's nuclear security agenda, Los Alamos will continue to play a vital role in pushing the frontiers of science and discovery. I congratulate Charlie on his selection, and look forward to working with him to secure our nation and build on the legacy of excellence built at Los Alamos."

McMillan replaces Dr. Michael Anastasio, who announced his retirement in January after serving as Director for the last five years. Anastasio, who previously served as director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, led two of the nation's premier national security research facilities at the frontiers of science and innovation. Under his leadership, Los Alamos made major contributions to U.S. national security, and helped keep the American people safe.

McMillan has more than 28 years experience managing weapons science and stockpile certification activities, including hands-on experience in both experimental physics and computational science, and demonstrated success at balancing mission performance with security and safety. Since 2006, McMillan has served as LANL's Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs, where he was responsible for directing the science, technology, engineering, and infrastructure that enables the Laboratory to deliver on its core mission of ensuring the safety, reliability, and performance of the nation's nuclear deterrent. McMillan was elected by peers to lead the Nuclear Security Enterprise Integration Council.

Prior to joining Los Alamos, McMillan spent more than two decades at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. He holds a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Columbia Union College.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.

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