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Chief of US Nuclear Weapons Program Fired for Security Lapses

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posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 06:03 PM
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Linton Brooks, head of the country's nuclear weapons program, has been dismissed by Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. The firing is the direct result of Brooks' failure to close security loopholes at the nation's nuclear facilities. A new National Nuclear Security Administration chief will be named soon.
 



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Linton Brooks is to submit his resignation as chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration this month, the department said.

Brooks was reprimanded last June for failing to report to Bodman that computers at an NNSA facility in Albuquerque had been breached resulting in the theft of files containing Social Security numbers and other personal data from 1,500 workers.

Last fall, security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory again came into question when classified nuclear-related documents were found at the home of a former Los Alamos lab employee with top secret clearance. The discovery was made when police made a drug raid on the employee's home.

That security breach was especially troubling, the department's internal watchdog said, because tens of millions of dollars had been spent to upgrade computer security at Los Alamos. The lab is part of the nuclear weapons complex that Brooks' agency oversees.




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It is very troubling for me to hear that our nuclear facilities are not secure, and the man in charge has failed to see to that security in the wake of hacking incidents and other breaches.

We are in real trouble as a nation if we can't protect our nuclear facilities from infiltration, cyber or otherwise. It was bad enough to hear about the missing Los Alamos hard drives during the Clinton Administration that reportedly ended up in Chinese hands, and now this.

Let's get it together guys!




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