Lockheed Martin has expressed its intent to continue the management and operations of Sandia National Laboratories which the company has been managing for two decades, according to a company statement.
Lockheed subsidiary, Sandia Corp. manages Sandia for the U.S. Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Lockheed said Thursday it intends to retain the Management & Operating contract for Sandia subsequent to a Dec. 2011 DOE announcement of a one-year contract extension to Sandia Corp. while a follow-on competition is pursued.
The contract extension will have a base period from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013 and two three-month options.
Marilyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin’s electronic systems business EVP and Sandia Corp. chairman of the Board said the company has expanded Sandia’s core nuclear security mission to non-proliferation, energy and infrastructure security, and cyber technology.
In case Lockheed remains the M&O contractor, Dr. Paul Hommert will also retain his current positions as Sandia Corp. president and Sandia National Laboratories director, according to the statement.
Hommert has 35 years of national security experience and previously led Sandia’s nuclear weapons programs.
Hommert said Sandia Corp. understands the importance of continuity in delivering the laboratory’s national security missions and commitment to operational improvements.