Preventing and mitigating potentially catastrophic incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-explosive materials

In a world where threats are continuously changing, the Laboratory is working diligently to help the nation prevent and mitigate catastrophic incidents arising from biological, chemical, radiological or high explosive materials.

The Laboratory provides unparalleled expertise in threat and risk assessment, detection of threat materials, understanding and mitigating the consequences of attacks, forensic analysis and much more.

This broad scope of capabilities, many available 24/7, has resulted in collaborations with sponsors such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations.

Laboratory collaborators further benefit from significant historical investments in both infrastructure and multidisciplinary expertise by the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration as well as the Department of Defense.

Together these capabilities provide a major component of the nation's defenses against the catastrophic threat posed by the malicious use of weapons of mass destruction.