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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a premier national security research institution, delivering scientific and engineering solutions to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce global threats; and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges.
LANL is the design agency for the W76/W88 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile warheads, the W78 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile warhead, and the B61 gravity bomb. These four systems constitute 80 percent of the U.S. on-alert nuclear deterrent.
Work in biothreat reduction at Los Alamos extends across many areas including detection technologies, bioforensics, pathogen analysis, and understanding host-pathogen interactions for better vaccine development.
Los Alamos has approximately 10,000 employees and a FY 2014 budget of $2.1 billion.
Los Alamos is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) under contract to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) as part of the U.S. Department of Energy. LANS comprises four U.S. organizations that partner to support delivery of our national security science mission. These entities are the University of California; Bechtel National, Inc.; The Babcock and Wilcox Company; and URS Corporation.
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$25 Million Award Will Support Nuclear Nonproliferation R&D, Education
LANL will be part of a consortium of 12 universities and 10 national laboratories led by the Georgia Institute of Technology to develop new technologies and educational programs to support NNSA nuclear science, security and nonproliferation goals.
- Military and Civilian Bomb Squads Showcase Skills at Robot Rodeo (Jun 2016)
- CTBTO Head Visits Top U.S. Nuclear Security Sites (Nov 2015)
- RFI – Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Completion Project (Feb 2015)
- LANL Launches Biosurveillance Gateway (Jan 2015)
- One Million Curies of Radioactive Material Recovered (Dec 2014)
- LANL Scientists Use Wikipedia to Forecast Diseases (Nov 2014)
- Los Alamos Achieves 20-year Low on Radioactive Air Emissions (Sep 2014)
- Study Validates Air Sampling Techniques to Fight Bioterrorism (May 2014)
- Nuclear Arms Control R&D Consortium Includes Los Alamos (Apr 2014)
- Detecting Bioterrorism: Is Chemistry Enough? (Mar 2014)
- Plutonium Less Mysterious with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (May 2012)
- LANL Names New Head of Nuclear and High Hazard Operations (Mar 2012)