That’s the term Sandia National Labs president Paul Hommert used to describe the labs’ position in the face of possble cuts.
He spoke to a packed room of 150 members of the Economic Forum this morning, describing the breadth of Sandia’s roles.
- Obviously, nuclear deterrent. He emphasized that regardless of what form modernization takes (reducing the arsenal now tops policy discussions), Sandia will play a key role in the mission going forward.
- Energy and Environment. From wind to photovoltaic to trying to predict climate change and its impact.
- Cyber security. The largest single growth area due to increased threats.
- Global security, including work in securing nuclear weapons material across the world.
- Other Department of Defense work. Some $700 million goes toward work fundamental to world security by bringing advanced solutions to the military.
As reported in the Journal earlier, Hommert said the labs started last fall taking a proactive stance in the face of possible cuts — leading to fewer early career hires. Sandia anticipates $2.5 billion in operating revenue for fiscal 2013 compared to $2.6 billion in 2012.
One third of the way through fiscal 2013, the labs have made only 51 early hires. In 2012, it made 238 early hires and more than 300 in 2011.