Worden: ‘I have not, would not, and could not impede a law enforcement investigation’

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In response to a query from SpaceNews, NASA Ames Research Center Director Pete Worden issued the statement appearing below. 

Statement from NASA Ames Research Center Director Dr. S. Pete Worden regarding Ames and national security.  

I take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard sensitive information. I say this unambiguously—I have not, would not, and could not impede a law enforcement investigation. To the best of my knowledge I am not the subject of a current investigation. 

NASA Ames Research Center fully cooperates with all investigative agencies. If allegations come to light we immediately turn any accusations over to relevant authorities to investigate. I have spent much of my career developing defense technology to protect our nation. My staff and I are ready to assist in any investigation or inquiries.

Here at NASA Ames Research Center, we are confident that we have in place, and have had for some time, effective control measures in place to prevent sensitive US space information from being transferred to unauthorized individuals. For all projects that are International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) controlled, the appropriate export licenses are required. If anyone had access to hardware that is ITAR controlled, they have the appropriate export license. 

Regarding the use of technology used on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), we are using 100 percent commercial technology.  When LADEE was selected for flight, NASA Ames required foreign nationals to obtain export licenses.