Strengthening National Security

Our Current Mission Areas & Focus Areas

Mission Area: Nuclear Deterrence

Develop and apply the S&T needed to assure the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear stockpile in an ever-changing threat environment and enable the modernization and transformation of the NNSA production enterprise. Key operations include:

  • Annual assessment
  • Stockpile modernization
  • Advanced science and technology
  • NNSA enterprise agility and resilience

Mission Focus Area: Stockpile and Enterprise Transformation
Accelerates the advancement of the sophisticated enterprise of laboratories, facilities and people ensuring confidence in the nation’s nuclear deterrent.

Mission Area: Threat Preparedness and Response

Provide unique capabilities and innovative solutions to stem proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, understand capabilities and anticipate adversarial actions and support response and consequence mitigation of natural and man-made biologic threats. Key operations include:

  • Nuclear counterproliferation and counterterrorism
  • Pandemic response tools and biosecurity
  • Forensic science
  • All-source intelligence

Mission Focus Area: Bio Resilience
A future-looking initiative to counter natural and man-made biological threats by leveraging LLNL’s unique competencies in high-performance computing, advanced biotechnology and bioengineering.

Mission Area: Climate and Energy Security

Advance understanding of the global climate system, develop technologies to reduce accumulation of greenhouse gases and pursue the domestic production and supply of affordable clean energy delivered across a secure and sustainable infrastructure. Key operations include:

  • High-fidelity climate impact assessments
  • Reliable, secure, low-carbon energy
  • Infrastructure sustainability
  • Advanced materials and manufacturing

Mission Focus Area: Climate Impacts and Resilience
Couples capabilities in material science, carbon cycle and subsurface research and climate simulation to mitigate greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and predict climate impacts at scale.

Mission Area: Multi-Domain Deterrence

The Laboratory creates a global strategic advantage through innovative technologies, strategies and analysis to bolster escalation and defensive capabilities across the full spectrum of domains including strategic defense, conventional strike, space and cyber and technology competition. Key operations include:

  • Emerging technology R&D and assessments
  • Strategic defense and conventional strike
  • Space/cyber security
  • Cognitive simulation/artificial intelligence

Mission Focus Area: Integrated Deterrence and Technology Competition
Requires working across domains, the spectrum of conflict and all instruments of U.S. national power, to reduce competitors’ perceptions of the net benefit of aggression relative to restraint.

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