Don Cook, deputy administrator for Defense Programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Oct. 31 to address the staff in an all hands presentation and to present NNSA's Defense Programs Awards of Excellence.
"When I was here in 2012, I had some fairly sharp critiques to offer. When I came here in June, there had been great progress, and I'm seeing that again," Cook said. "I am very upbeat about the performance of this team at Livermore, and your role in the weapons program. The rate of change is good and there is a bright future."
Cook discussed a variety of topics, including the current state of the weapons program and current projects in that area; recent results at the National Ignition Facility, in areas such as strength, equation of state, X-ray scattering and compression of diamond; Livermore's leadership in additive manufacturing; and the current environment in Washington. D.C.
He offered both praise and encouragement to the gathered employees, telling the crowd that while much progress has been made, more remains.
"Some assembly is required," Cook said. "You have many of the pieces. My challenge to you is to really put them together."
After concluding his remarks, Cook honored 11 teams of Lab researchers and engineers with Defense Programs Awards of Excellence for work performed in 2013.