About Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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A premier applied-science national security laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has a mission of strengthening the United States’ security by developing and applying world-class science, technology, and engineering.

Lawrence Livermore is renowned for:

  • Physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists, and other researchers working together in multidisciplinary teams to achieve technical innovations and scientific breakthroughs
  • Serving as a science and technology resource to the U.S. government and as a partner with industry and academia
  • Pushing the frontiers of knowledge to build the scientific and technological foundation that will be needed to address global security issues of the future

One of three Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories, LLNL is managed by the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC. Since its inception in 1952, the Laboratory has fostered an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and innovation that attracts and maintains the world-class workforce needed to meet its challenging science- and technology-based missions.

A hallmark of LLNL is its commitment to new ideas, which is a continuing tradition and a core value of the staff. Innovation at the Laboratory occurs at the nexus of pressing national needs and the frontier of what is scientifically and technically possible—or what might be possible. The Laboratory strives to think ahead and apply leading-edge science, technology, and engineering capabilities to existing and emerging national needs. Often, the required exploratory research and development is too risky or is beyond the planning horizon of prospective sponsors. In such cases, targeted institutional investments can help bridge the gap.

Livermore provides the nation science and technology on a mission. Investments in mission focus areas and core competencies help sustain LLNL as a national resource for science, technology, and engineering—a mission-focused “new ideas” laboratory providing innovative solutions to tough and important national security problems.