SANTA FE — Charles F. (Charlie) McMillan, the 10th person to lead Los Alamos National Laboratory, has announced he will retire at the end of the year.
“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as your director these past six years,” he said at an all-employees meeting Tuesday morning, according to the lab. “Every day, I have been in awe of the people of this great laboratory and what we have been able to contribute to this nation’s security.”
In an interview at his office inside LANL’s security perimeter later in the day, he told the Journal he was reminded anew of the lab’s importance by news reports over the weekend about North Korea’s test explosion of a hydrogen bomb.
“The lab does stuff that actually matters,” he said. LANL personnel helped analyze the seismic aftermath of the blast.
And he said nuclear deterrence has worked for 70 years. “It helps provide stability,” he said.