Sandia Labs will have a new management as the $2.6 billion contract has been awarded to the National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS).
National Technology and Engineering of Sandia is a subsidiary of Honeywell International. The latter is a New Jersey-based international conglomerate company. It produces a wide variety of products. From consumer and commercial products to aerospace systems and engineering services.
On Friday, the National Nuclear Security Administration or the NNSA announced the official winners of the Sandia Labs contract.
NNSA chose the National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS). The wholly owned Honeywell subsidiary will be in charge of the lab management.
Such a management contract will span over a ten years period. Its yearly value is estimated to reach a $2.6 billion sum.
Shaunda Parks, a Honeywell subsidiary, released a statement. According to her, the company is excited to be part of the NTESS team. As such, they will be helping the Sandia Labs and its employees.
The company will be seeking to help the labs continue their technology and science research. As of yet, they have not offered contract details.
NTESS LLC is the National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS). The labs or the Sandia National Laboratories are involved in a series of areas.
They handle the non-nuclear development of the United States nuclear weapons. Sandia helps with the engineering development of such weaponry.
It also helps the system integration of the weapons with their delivery vehicles.
The present Sandia Labs management contract will expire on April 30, 2017. It is currently held by Lockheed Martin Corp. The latter has been in charge of the lab’s management since 1993.
Lockheed Martin has been running the laboratories through its Sandia Corp. subsidiary company.
Matt Kramer, a Lockheed spokesman, also released a series of statements. Similar to Honeywell, the company will not be releasing specific contract details.
However, it has stated that it will be collaborating with the Honeywell subsidiary. The two will be working together so as to ensure a smooth transition.
This is especially required as Sandia has such an important mission to carry out. As such, Kramer stated that Lockheed will be doing its best. They will seek to ensure that this important work doesn’t miss a beat.
NTESS LLC had quite a competition. A number of universities and collaborations were also contenders. The teams included the University of New Mexico and its partners. Amongst them, one could number Boing and the Texas A&M University System.
The new Sandia Labs new management contract is expected to into effect on May 1, 2017. Only a few specific contract details have been released.
As such, it is known that the leadership team will feature changes. However, no official statements have been released in relation to the laboratory employees.
Jill Hruby, the Sandia National Laboratories Director and President sent an employee email. In it, he reaffirmed the wish for a seamless, smooth transition.
Hruby also went to thank the Lockheed Martin Corp. She stated that the company has continuously taken on the toughest security challenges. It also helped establish mature business practices and models.
Hruby also went to welcome the NTESS LLC. According to the email, a meeting will be held later this week. On December 19, a commission will discuss the news and the relation to Sandia’s future.
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