Statement from Administrator Brooks on Los Alamos

Press Release
Oct 25, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NNSA Administrator Linton F. Brooks issued the following statement today on security at Los Alamos National Laboratory:

"Security is the primary concern at NNSA.  NNSA and the Department of Energy have made extraordinary efforts in the last three years to put strong security procedures in place at Los Alamos and other national laboratories to ensure that sensitive information is not compromised.  Our job now is to assess what happened at Los Alamos, to determine whether procedures have been diligently observed, and to decide whether additional steps need to be taken.  I have directed NNSA's chief of defense nuclear security to personally investigate the facts at Los Alamos and I have sent a headquarters cyber security team to ensure that there is full compliance with current departmental directives.  As Secretary Bodman noted earlier today, we expect the new contractor at Los Alamos to resolve quickly any continuing security concerns."

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