Aerial view of LLNL
The world-class programs and capabilities at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory span one square mile, what many consider to be "the smartest square mile on Earth."

Science and technology on a mission

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

Livermore's defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL's mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory's science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counterterrorism and nonproliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

Our Mission

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission of strengthening the United States' security through development and application of world-class science and technology to:

  • Enhance the nation's defense.
  • Reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
  • And respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.

Our Vision

  • Lead the nation in stockpile science, innovation and sustainment.
  • Be the foremost national security laboratory, anticipating, innovating and delivering solutions for the nation's most challenging security problems.
  • Be the premier destination for our nation's very best scientists and engineers.

Our Priorities

  • Deliver on our stockpile stewardship mission.
  • Enhance and expand our mission in the broad national security space.
  • Sustain and ensure that we are at the cutting edge in the science, engineering and technology capabilities our sponsors need.
  • Ensure excellence in execution: deliver results of the highest quality, on schedule and on budget.
  • Ensure excellence in operations: safety, security, environment and state of the art business practices and processes.
  • Improve our cost effectiveness.
  • Provide a first-class workplace environment to our employees.
  • Expand our contributions to the local and national economy through partnerships with academia and industry.

At a Glance

Location: Livermore, California

Type: Multi-program national security laboratory

Contract Operator: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.

Principal Sponsor: National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy

Director: Bill Goldstein

Physical Assets:

  • Main site: 497 facilities (6.7 million gross square feet) on 820 acres
  • Site 300: 216 facilities (0.4 million gross square feet) on 7,000 acres
  • Replacement plant value: $6 billion

Human Capital:

  • 6,300 employees (including term employees and post-doctoral fellows)
  • 2,700 scientists and engineers (more than 40% of whom are Ph.D.s)
  • 700 facility users, visiting scientists, teachers and students

FY13 Costs: $1.5 billion

  • Weapons activities: 62 percent
  • Safeguards and security: 8 percent
  • Nonproliferation: 10 percent
  • Science and energy: 6 percent
  • Homeland security: 2 percent
  • Department of Defense: 12 percent
  • Non-federal: 3 percent