Research that

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is “Science and Technology on a Mission”

Our compelling mission is to strengthen U.S. security through the development and application of world-class science and technology (S&T). We apply innovative S&T to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of America’s nuclear arsenal and to diminish the likelihood and impact of war, terrorism, and natural and human-caused disasters. Combining mission focus and S&T excellence is central to Lawrence Livermore’s strategic vision and has been a distinguishing hallmark since its inception in 1952 as a “new ideas laboratory.”

In applying its world-class S&T, Lawrence Livermore relies on three main elements: Core competencies, the “best and brightest” researchers, and unmatched facilities. These three elements, together with internal investments, ensure the Laboratory meets today’s mission and tomorrow’s challenges.

Core competencies are areas of a special capability or signature expertise in which LLNL is a recognized national leader, or at the leading edge of a scientific field. These seven core competencies help transform innovative scientific concepts and ideas into solving the most important national security challenges.

An outstanding workforce and Livermore’s signature multidisciplinary teamwork approach is the Laboratory’s principal strength. Livermore’s workforce includes nearly 3,700 scientists, engineers, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as visiting scientists and students. LLNL is strengthened by, and values and encourages diversity and inclusiveness.

Many of Livermore’s research facilities are unique in the world and provide the unparalleled tools of discovery that are essential to fulfilling the Laboratory’s mission. They include the National Ignition Facility (NIF)—the most energetic laser in the world, advanced materials and manufacturing labs, and some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

The Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program (LDRD) supports research activities that are either too new or too risky to be funded by sponsors. In addition, six Director’s Initiatives are focused on developing new national security capabilities.