Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The Laboratory is operated by a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, BWX Technologies, and Washington Group International for the Department of Energy`s National Nuclear Security Administration. Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health and global security concerns. The Laboratory is the largest institution in Northern New Mexico with more than 9,000 employees plus approximately 650 contractor personnel.
Los Alamos National Laboratory is a premier national security research institution, delivering scientific and engineering solutions for the nation's most crucial and complex problems. Our primary responsibility is ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent.
The Los Alamos of today emphasizes worker safety, effective operational safeguards & security, and environmental stewardship, while outstanding science remains the foundation of the Laboratory.
In addition to supporting the Lab's core national security mission, our work advances bioscience, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, materials science, and physics disciplines.
Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel play leading roles worldwide in basic and applied scientific research and technology. Whether it's conducting crucial experiments in space and at our linear accelerator in Northern New Mexico or developing breakthroughs in nanotechnology and determining how best to prevent the spread of
HIV and avian flu, the men and women of Los Alamos help lead the way.
Lab R&D helps curb a wide variety of threats to U.S. interests—whether it's the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the spread of deadly diseases, inadequate supplies of energy, or the effects of climate change.
The Laboratory has a proud past, and our future is filled with promise:
- Advances in high-performance computing may lead to the first petascale computer, named Roadrunner, based on 'accelerator' video game technology. Computer scientists will reach for the elusive petaflop—a million billion calculations per second in 2008.
- The second axis of the Laboratory's Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrotest (DARHT) facility will become operational in 2008 and add a high-energy four-pulse, 3D capability to the Lab's mix of experimental resources.
- Construction continues on the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility, key to supporting the nation's ability to replace existing plutonium pits, the triggers for nuclear weapons.
- As broad, deep, and complex as the Laboratory's activities may be, 12 Labwide goals convey their essence, and recent achievements toward them demonstrate our commitment.
Please see our latest news and, in the Laboratory's 1663 magazine, some of our more interesting science and technology features.
The Laboratory is the largest institution in Northern New Mexico with more than 9,000 employees plus approximately 650 contractor personnel. Our annual budget is approximately $2.2 billion.
From its origins as a secret Manhattan Project laboratory, Los Alamos has attracted world-class scientists and applied their energy and creativity to solving the nation's most challenging problems. That tradition remains today. As one of the U.S. Department of Energy's multi-program, multi-disciplinary research laboratories, Los Alamos thrives on having the best people doing the best science to solve problems of global importance.
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) comprises four top U.S. organizations that have extensive experience in nuclear defense programs—Bechtel National, University of California, BWX Technologies, and Washington Group International. Our combined record of accomplishments and awards is unmatched in both science and industry.
Los Alamos' core values combine security awareness, intellectual freedom, and scientific excellence with national service to generate scientific and engineering solutions for the nation's most pressing problems. Maintaining the nation's nuclear stockpile is Los Alamos' most important job; certifying that the nation's nuclear weapons remain safe and reliable without underground testing remains the biggest technical challenge. The Laboratory is the second-largest manufacturing site in the nuclear weapons complex and one of only two national laboratories operating at this high level of mission importance and scientific excellence.
By integrating top science and scholarship with leadership, innovation, and best business practices, LANL will foster the secure, efficient environment necessary for new scientific breakthroughs and delivery of national security milestones. Our highly skilled management team of nuclear experts and industry leaders are focused on making Los Alamos the premier national security laboratory of the 21st century.
The new management structure at Los Alamos is a fully integrated, efficient, and accountable organization with clear lines of responsibility and authority. All levels of our new organization share responsibility for helping the Laboratory accomplish its missions and maintain it as a source of pride and strength for the nation.
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