Science and Technology
on a Mission
Meeting National and Global Security Challenges
Our science and technology is helping to overcome many critical challenges like these
91% of declared chemical weapons destroyed*
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has destroyed about 91% of declared chemical weapons stockpiles. But questions persist over how much clandestine stock of this weapon of mass destruction (WMD) remains in the hands of rogue states and non-state groups. Other WMDs (nuclear and biological) also continue to pose threats to global security. Livermore, an OPCW-certified laboratory, applies its chemical, nuclear, and biological forensics expertise to help investigate, identify, and counter all WMD threats.
*Source: OPCW Fact Sheet 6: Eliminating Chemical Weapons and Chemical Weapons Production Facilities
4,000 stockpiled U.S. nuclear warheads*
In a world that possess more than 10,000 nuclear weapons, the U.S. maintains a stockpile of more than 4,000 nuclear warheads. The Stockpile Stewardship program ensures the safety, security, and reliability of these warheads without nuclear testing. Livermore’s expertise in high-energy-density science, high-performance computing, and nuclear and isotopic science, combined with unique research facilities, meet the formidable technical challenges of ensuring that the nuclear deterrent remains effective.
4 billion records hacked in 2016*
New national security threats require countermeasures and deterrence beyond the nuclear weapons arena. One example is cyberattacks: billions of records are hacked online each year, exposing personal, corporate, and government data to criminal enterprises and state-sponsored incursions. These attacks also pose a danger to the nation’s economic and industrial infrastructure. Livermore applies its expertise in high-performance computing and data analytics to strengthen cybersecurity and protect sensitive information and networks.
10 million barrels of oil a day imported*
The U.S. continues to import millions of barrels of oil a day despite recent growth in the domestic production of oil and natural gas. This reliance on energy imports poses a threat to both our national security and economy. Livermore’s expertise across a range of science and technology, from plasma physics and geophysics to high-performance computing, addresses the challenges of diversifying the sources of domestic energy supply, and reducing U.S. dependence on external sources.