Triad provides the leadership and organizational structure to sustain our nation’s security, delivering stockpile stewardship expertise; enhancing mission-focused ST&E; providing safe, secure and reliable operations; and comprehensive assurance.
Thomas (Thom) Mason is the President and CEO of Triad National Security, LLC (Triad) and serves as the Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President for Global Laboratory Operations at Battelle where he had responsibility for governance and strategy across the six National Laboratories that Battelle manages or co-manages. Prior to joining Battelle, Thom worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for 19 years, including 10 years as the Laboratory Director. Under his leadership, ORNL saw significant growth in programs, new facilities, and hiring while achieving record low safety incident rates. Before becoming Laboratory Director, he was Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Neutron Sciences, ALD for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), and Director of the Experimental Facilities Division. During his time in Oak Ridge, Thom was active in the community serving as Chair of the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation as well as Innovation Valley, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area regional economic development organization. He moved to ORNL from the University of Toronto where he was a faculty member in the Department of Physics and previously worked as a Senior Scientist at Risø National Laboratory and a Postdoc at AT&T Bell Laboratories. For the past 30 years, he has been involved in the design and construction of scientific instrumentation and facilities and the application of nuclear, computing, and materials sciences to solve important challenges in energy and national security. Thom has a Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from McMaster University and a BSc in Physics from Dalhousie University.
Deputy Director Weapons
Robert (Bob) Webster serves as the Deputy Director Weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). In this role, Bob will have direct line management responsibility for planning, coordinating, and integrating the Weapons Program, particularly for the directorates of Weapons Engineering, Weapons Design and Weapons Production. Bob is a 29-year veteran of the Weapons Program at LANL and a recognized leader in Stockpile Stewardship. He began his laboratory career as a graduate student at LANL in 1984, becoming a consultant, then a technical staff member, and advancing through multiple national security positions to his present position: Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs where he integrates the key capabilities of three associate directorates – Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (ADPSM), Weapons Physics (ADX), and Weapons Engineering and Experiments (ADW). During Bob’s tenure, the weapons program has consistently met or exceeded overall performance expectations and made significant contributions to LANL and NNSA missions—a compelling record of achievements that he brings to the many challenges of serving as the Deputy Director Weapons. Bob received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Deputy Director Science, Technology, and Engineering
John Sarrao serves as the Deputy Director Science, Technology, and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). John is currently the Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering (PADSTE) at LANL, leading the Laboratory’s STE capabilities in supporting the laboratory’s national security mission. Previously, he served as the Associate Director for Theory, Simulation, and Computation for five years. John has also held a number of leadership positions within LANL’s materials community. His primary research interest is in the synthesis and characterization of correlated electron systems, especially actinide materials. John was the 2013 winner of the Department of Energy’s E.O. Lawrence Award and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Physical Society (APS), and Los Alamos National Laboratory. John’s personal research and technical leadership career has emphasized national security science from plutonium physics research to advanced materials design and discovery to stewarding LANL’s high performance computing resources and simulation capabilities. John received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles based on thesis work performed at LANL. He also has a M.S. in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in physics from Stanford University.
Deputy Director Operations
Kelly Beierschmitt serves as the Deputy Director Operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Kelly has worked more than 30 years in the service of critical DOE missions. Most recently, he was the Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology and Chief Research Officer for Idaho National Laboratory (INL) where he had responsibility for setting the scientific and engineering agenda and overseeing the research, development, demonstration and deployment of the critical missions for the laboratory. Prior to joining INL, Kelly worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for 13 years where he served as Associate Laboratory Director for both the Neutron Sciences and the Nuclear Science and Technology Directorates. He also served as ORNL’s Director of Environment, Safety, Health and Quality. Kelly moved to Oak Ridge from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he held several roles both in the sciences and support functions. Kelly began his career at the Pantex Plant, where he served as a nuclear explosives engineer, developed some of the earliest Safety Analysis Reports, retooled high explosives operations and developed one of the earliest Master Safeguards and Security Agreements. Kelly’s entire career has emphasized the synergistic integration of science, technology and engineering with operational excellence to ensure effective mission delivery in a wide array of research and development environments – ranging from forefront experimental research in physical sciences to developmental engineering requiring hazardous nuclear operations. Kelly has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (Risk, Reliability Engineering) from Texas Tech University and a BSc in engineering mathematics from West Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice, and a member of the American Nuclear Society, Materials Research Society, and other professional societies.
Laboratory Staff Director Frances Chadwick supports the Lab’s director and deputy directors and manages the Director’s Office and the six divisions that report into it. These include the Office of General Counsel, Communications and External Affairs, Ethics and Audit, the Office of Counterintelligence, the Community Partnerships Office, and the Office of National Security & International Studies. In this role, Frances is the executive champion for the Lab’s relationship with the communities of Northern New Mexico. She is also the Lab’s liaison with the Triad National Security, LLC Board of Directors, chaired by former Lab Director Michael Anastasio.
Frances has worked at the Laboratory since 1996 in various positions in Finance and Infrastructure. In her previous role, she managed the Lab’s portfolio of mission-critical facilities as program director for Weapons Infrastructure in the Weapons Directorate. In this role she also served on the Department of Energy’s Infrastructure Executive Council as the representative from NNSA sites and was the Lab’s lead for collaborations with the United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment in the area of Infrastructure and Operations. Prior to this, Frances was the business manager for Weapons Programs, overseeing all financial, planning, and procurement activities. She is nationally recognized for her effective advocacy for excellence in support services to the mission, and in enabling the successful planning and solid financial support for the Lab’s mission-critical facilities.
Frances serves on the Laboratory’s Benefits and Investments Committee and is a board member of the Los Alamos Community Foundation. Frances is the executive champion for the Lab’s African American Employee Resource Group, and is a strong advocate for working parents. Originally from the U.K., Frances holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, England, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management.
Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Physics
Charles W. Nakhleh is the Associate Laboratory Director for Weapons Physics (ALDX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this role, he has line responsibility for the nuclear weapons designers and simulation code architects at the Laboratory, as well as program responsibility for the NA-11 weapons science, computing, and technology maturation portfolio. Prior to taking on his current role, he was the Executive Officer to the Deputy Director for Weapons (DDW), where he was responsible to the DDW for integrating and aligning activities across the weapons program. From 2013 to 2018, he was the Division Leader of the X-Theoretical Design Division (XTD) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As the XTD Division Leader, he oversaw nuclear weapon physics design, assessment, and certification efforts at the Laboratory. Before returning to Los Alamos, he led the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Target Design Department in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. At Sandia, he led theoretical design and analysis efforts for magnetically-driven ICF and radiation-effects targets for the Z pulsed-power facility and indirect-drive experiments for the National Ignition Campaign (NIC). Before joining Sandia, he served as Group Leader (acting) and Deputy Group Leader for the Thermonuclear Applications Group in the Applied Physics (X) Division of Los Alamos. He spent nearly a decade before that as a staff member in X Division, where he served as a weapon system point-of-contact, worked extensively on uncertainty quantification, and made significant contributions to a wide variety of weapons physics and design issues. Charlie is a graduate of the Theoretical Institute of Thermonuclear and Nuclear Studies (TITANS) program at Los Alamos. He has served on a wide variety of advisory panels, including as a founding member of the NNSA’s Predictive Science Panel, a consultant to JASON, an adviser to the Undersecretary of Energy for Science on the NIC, and as an adviser to the NNSA on a variety of weapons physics issues. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1996.
Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Engineering
James Owen will serves as the Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Engineering for Los Alamos National Laboratory. James has worked in LANL’s Nuclear Weapons Program for more than 25 years and is a recognized leader across the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). He has demonstrated technical and program leadership abilities in successfully executing some of NNSA and DoD’s most significant and challenging nuclear weapon programs, including the B61 Alt 357, W80 LEP, W76-1/Mk4A LEP, B61-12 LEP, W88 Alt 370 and W88 Alt 940. In his current role as Associate Director for Weapons Engineering and Experiments, James manages the operations and infrastructure of High Explosives (HE) science and engineering research/development across 21 square miles, which are critical to LANL’s execution of nuclear weapons mission. A native of northern New Mexico, James began working at LANL as a high school summer student and participated in the Graduate Research Assistant program before becoming a full-time staff member. James earned a M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University.