National Nuclear Security Administration

Statement from the NNSA Administrator on the Announcement of the Retirement of the Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory

September 5, 2017

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today Dr. Charles McMillan announced that he intends to retire as Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) at the end of this calendar year. I am personally grateful to Charlie for his 35 years of extraordinary and exemplary service to the Department of Energy and to NNSA. His leadership, vision, and passion in key senior positions at both of our nuclear weapon design laboratories have ensured that America’s nuclear arsenal remains safe, secure, reliable, and effective. Under his tutelage, LANL continues to excel in advancing leading-edge science, engineering, and high-performance computing to protect our Nation, as well as our Allies and partners. We are all safer today, and will be for many years to come, thanks to Dr. McMillan.

We will work closely with the Board of Los Alamos National Security, LLC in naming a successor to lead the laboratory until the current contract expires on September 30, 2018. We expect to make an announcement on a successor in the late fall.

Frank Klotz
NNSA Administrator


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