There are significant changes afoot within the parent company of Savannah River Site security contractor WSI-SR.
G4S Government Solutions, formerly Wakenhut and WSI, announced this week that two veterans of the company have been moved into executive positions to “specifically help bridge new practices and protocols in the company’s (Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration) operations.”
G4S GS Spokesperson Courtney Russell Henry said that the restructuring is not directly related to a security breach at the Y-12 Complex that led to WSI-Oak Ridge losing their contract with the NNSA. Rather, Henry stated that this is a “very natural progression” to formalize national communication lines within the private security contractor.
However, “all these things have come about following the July 28 incidents,” Henry said.
On that date, three anti-nuclear weapons protesters allegedly cut through fences at the Y-12 National Security Complex, evaded guards and vandalized a high-security building where highly-enriched, weapons-grade uranium is stored. The protestors, from Transform Now Plowshares, splashed human blood and spray-painted slogans on the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.
After the incident, security at the Y-12 Complex was questioned by many bodies, including a Congressional Committee.
The breach led to NNSA recommending WSI-Oak Ridge’s contract be terminated. On the same day as their decision, WSI was fired.
The protestors, Sister Megan Rice, 82, Michael R. Walli, 63, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, are facing a trial on “injuring national-defense premises” charges as well as trespassing and property destruction. The trio, who may face up to 35 years in prison, have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The specific changes look to improve communication from East to West coach, Henry said.
Steve Hafner has been named chief operating officer of DOE Operations for G4S Government Solutions Inc. and Dave Bradley has been promoted to SVP and executive general manager. The team will specifically help bridge new practices and protocols in the company’s DOE/NNSA operations.
Henry said that any impact Hafner’s new role would have “will be very positive.”
Hafner will oversee all of the company’s DOE operations and will have primary focus on DOE Oak Ridge Operations, SRS and Strategic Petroleum Reserve in the eastern portion of the country.
Hafner previously served as vice president of Emergency Services and Training for the Mission Support Alliance at DOE’s Hanford Site in South-Central Washington.
“I’ve had the honor of serving alongside Steve in various capacities and witnessing his proven record of helping both the government and private industry,” said G4S GS CEO Paul Donahue. “He is a terrific asset to the government, and to the company, and we’re excited about this new position, its opportunities, and about Steve’s innate ability to take care of people.”
A retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, Hafner and his wife, Cydney, have two children and four grandchildren.
Bradley will have primary focus on the company’s West Coast operations which include the Nevada National Security Site, Hanford Site, Sandia National Laboratories and the Office of Secure Transportation. He will continue to serve as General Manager of the WSI Nevada National Security Site.
Bradley previously served as deputy general manager and director of operations of WSI Nevada Nuclear Security Site.
“Dave brings a wealth of DOE/NNSA knowledge and experience that we can better share across the complex and with DOE headquarters going forward,” said Donahue.
G4S is the largest security company in the world with almost 700,000 employees, making it the second largest private employer after Wal-Mart.