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Emerging Threats and Opportunities

Los Alamos' mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence.
April 12, 2012
A neutron detector like this one at Los Alamos National Laboratory is an invaluable national-security technology tool. Researchers at Los Alamos can help train and mentor the next generation of nation-security scientists thanks to formation of consortium led by the University of Michigan that focuses on research and development of arms control verification technologies.

A neutron detector like this one at Los Alamos National Laboratory is an invaluable national-security technology tool. Researchers at Los Alamos can help train and mentor the next generation of nation-security scientists thanks to formation of consortium led by the University of Michigan that focuses on research and development of arms control verification technologies.

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Charlie McMillan, Director: "For the last 70 years there has not been a world war, and I have to think that our strong deterrent has something to do with that fact."

Los Alamos is uniquely positioned to offer comprehensive capabilities to identify, anticipate, and rapidly respond to emerging threats

These threats include cyber-based theft and sabotage, threats from space, and technological surprise.

Charlie McMillan, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory

Director McMillan on nuclear deterrence

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We also provide vital technology for supporting the U.S. military in a world of small-scale, intense conflict.

Another important focus is the identification of emerging, game-changing technologies that have the potential to either disrupt or increase our technology advantage in protecting the nation.

While the role and prominence of nuclear weapons in U.S. security policy has diminished with the end of the Cold War, nuclear weapons continue to provide an essential component of national security.

The “asymmetric” dimension of threats in today’s world has contributed to a significant escalation in potential dangers and the need for an increasingly rapid response. We build and sustain a flexible multidisciplinary science and technology capability base along with specialized experimental facilities and high-performance computational tools for modeling and simulation.

We work with the DoD, DHS, and IC to provide technical solutions for prediction and/or prevention of catastrophic threats, counter new foreign strategic and tactical technological advances, and improve national security.


Innovations for a secure nation

Novel rocket design flight tested

Novel rocket design flight tested

The new rocket fuel and motor design adds a higher degree of safety by separating the fuel from the oxidizer, both novel formulations that are, by themselves, not able to detonate.

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