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George H. Miller
Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

A New Partnership for a Strong Future

The limited-liability corporation now managing Lawrence Livermore is dedicated to delivering innovative science and technology to meet enduring national needs.

ON October 1, 2007, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory started a new chapter in our remarkable history. A newly formed public–private partnership, Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), began its contract with the Department of Energy to manage and operate the Laboratory. LLNS is honored to take on this responsibility. As president of LLNS and the Laboratory’s director, I foresee a bright future for Livermore in applying exceptional science and technology to solve important national problems.
LLNS is a limited-liability corporation made up of Bechtel National, Inc.; the University of California; BWX Technologies, Inc.; the Washington Group International, Inc.; and Battelle. Four small business subcontractors and Texas A&M University are also members of the team. The Department of Energy awarded the contract to LLNS in May 2007 in the first open competition for managing Lawrence Livermore. The University of California—one of the LLNS partners—had operated the Laboratory since its inception in 1952 as part of Ernest O. Lawrence’s Radiation Laboratory.
The LLNS public–private partnership brings together enormous experience in science and technology, business and operations, and nuclear weapons complex-critical infrastructure capabilities. Drawing expertise from the parent organizations through the LLNS Board of Governors, we will build on the Laboratory’s proud tradition of outstanding science and technology and fully integrate world-class business systems and safety and security practices.
Our senior management team at the Laboratory is a mixture of new and familiar faces. Deputy director Steven Liedle and Frank Russo, principal associate director for Operations and Business, both come to Livermore from Bechtel. John Doesburg, who joins us from Batelle’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is the principal associate director for Global Security. Readers of Science & Technology Review will recognize Cherry Murray, Bruce Goodwin, and Edward Moses from their commentaries in past issues. They are, respectively, the principal associate directors for Science and Technology, Weapons and Complex Integration, and National Ignition Facility (NIF) and Photon Science.

Steven D. Liedle   John C. Doesburg
Steven D. Liedle
 
John C. Doesburg
Bruce T. Goodwin   Edward I. Moses
Bruce T. Goodwin
 
Edward I. Moses
Cherry A. Murray   Frank M. Russo
Cherry A. Murray
 
Frank M. Russo

With the five principal associate directors (PADs), we are organized to sustain Livermore’s deeply rooted heritage of mission-focused science and technology. National security is the Laboratory’s defining mission, and a primary responsibility is ensuring that the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile is reliable, safe, and secure. The PAD for Weapons and Complex Integration leads this effort. He also directs our work in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s 2030 goal to transform the nuclear weapons complex to be more responsive, cost-efficient, and highly secure.
Livermore also strives to anticipate future national needs, and we use innovative science and technology to deliver solutions to complex global, national, and energy security challenges. The Global Security PAD heads efforts to apply the Laboratory’s science and technology to emerging 21st-century threats through expanded work-for-others programs, ranging from nonproliferation, intelligence, and homeland security to environmental quality. The PAD for NIF and Photon Science leads Livermore’s third major program element. Experiments on NIF, the world’s most energetic laser, will make a major impact on stockpile stewardship, global security, fusion energy, and basic science.
Program success in our mission areas is made possible by outstanding science and technology using safe, secure, and efficient operations and business functions. A hallmark of the Laboratory is its application of multidisciplinary teams that combine innovative science and engineering, challenging program goals, and operational considerations to tackle complex problems—from basic science research to prototype development. Scientists and engineers from Science and Technology directorates and professional staff from Operations and Business organizations work in integrated teams with program personnel to make advances in support of our missions.
Some of our recent breakthroughs are highlighted in this month’s
features beginning with Fast Detection of a Punctured Lung. Each year, R&D Magazine selects the top 100 technological advances that contribute to meeting an important national or societal need. This year, the Laboratory and its partners earned five R&D 100 awards. Livermore has captured a total of 118 of these “Oscars of Invention” since the competition began in 1978. The winning technologies demonstrate the wide range of expertise at the Laboratory: an advanced radiation detection system for interdicting illicit nuclear materials; a novel optics technology to improve NIF experimental capabilities; software to speed supercomputer simulations; a new ophthalmoscope that could revolutionize retinal imaging; and a diagnostic device to promptly detect pneumothorax, a medical condition that can cause death in minutes.
The R&D 100 Award winners also highlight a few of the Laboratory’s many partnerships. Livermore is an active participant in the broad scientific and technical community, and our continuing success depends on strong ties with research universities and U.S. industry. The award-winning work described in this issue involved collaborators from five universities, four industrial partners, and another national laboratory.
In addition, these feature articles introduce readers to some of the outstanding scientists and engineers at the Laboratory. Our staff is key to our success. Livermore is an exceptional national laboratory because of its exceptional people. We have an important mission full of science and technology frontiers to explore.



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