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LANL Associate Director For Weapon Engineering And Experiments John Benner Accepts MSTS Deputy Site Manager Post

on July 21, 2017 - 6:30pm

Staff Report

In a memo obtained today by the Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan has announced the departure of Associate Director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments John Benner, who has accepted a position at the Nevada National Security Site.

Below is a copy of the memo:

To: LANL-All
From: Charles F. McMillan
Date: July 21, 2017

Subject: Personnel Change Related to Nevada National Security Site M&O Contract Award

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently awarded the Management and Operating contract at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) to Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS), a Honeywell-led joint venture.

John Benner, Associate Director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments (ADW) will be joining MSTS as Deputy Site Manager. We anticipate that John’s last day at Los Alamos will be July 28, 2017. We will be naming an acting ADW soon to ensure continuity of leadership during this transition.

I thank John for his nearly 25 years of outstanding and dedicated service to Los Alamos. During his career here, he has held a variety of technical and leadership roles in weapons engineering activities. In particular, he played a key role in managing the W76-1 Life Extension Program, reinvigorated our experimental firing sites and high explosive capabilities, and strengthened our overall Weapons Engineering capabilities.

Los Alamos works very closely with NNSS to deliver on Stockpile Stewardship and Global Security missions. I wish John success in his new role and look forward to continuing to work with him and the incoming MSTS team to continue our national security mission on behalf of the nation.

Please join me in congratulating John and thanking him for his service to the Laboratory.