POGO is hearing rumors that Lockheed Martin will be teaming up with the University of Texas System to compete for management of Los Alamos National Laboratory. You may remember that Lockheed bowed out of the competition citing costs last summer, but re-entered the competition as reported yesterday. UT backed out this January. Now it looks like they've been talking behind closed doors.
MORE: A reader posted this quote from a UT System statement released in response to LockMart rejoining the race:
"The UT System welcomes further discussions and dialogue about ways to build on our contribution to the science and security of our nation at the national laboratories, consistent with our core competencies of research and education," the UT system said in a prepared statement."
POGO couldn't find the full statement on the UT System site, but reader IH hooked us up. We've posted it after the jump...
Lockheed Martin's Reentry in to Bid for Los Alamos National Laboratory Contract
The University of Texas System recently learned that Lockheed Martin has announced its interest in submitting a proposal for the management and operations contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Lockheed Martin's record as manager of Sandia National Laboratories is outstanding and has appropriately received widespread praise.
The University of Texas System has several partnerships with Lockheed Martin including a recent agreement between us and Sandia National Laboratories that will be signed in early April in Washington, D.C. That agreement provides that UT System will be responsible for assessing the quality of unclassified science and engineering research, collaborate on research projects, and cooperate on joint educational initiatives. We view this agreement between UT System and Sandia as a model of university/industrial partnerships with a national laboratory.
The UT System welcomes further discussions and dialogue about ways to build on our contribution to the science and security of our nation at the national laboratories, consistent with our core competencies of research and education.