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Principal Associate Director - Global Security

As Principal Associate Director for Global Security, Wallace leads Laboratory programs with special focus on developing and applying the scientific and engineering capabilities to address complex national and global security threats. 

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Wallace’s expertise is forensic seismology, a highly specialized discipline focusing on detection and quantification of nuclear tests.

Terry C. Wallace, Jr.
Principal Associate Director for Global Security

Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Principal Associate Director for Global SecurityAs Principal Associate Director for Global Security, Wallace leads Laboratory programs with a focus on applying scientific and engineering capabilities to address national and global security threats, in particular, nuclear threats. Wallace is also the Senior Intelligence Executive at LANL.

Wallace served as Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering from 2006 to 2011 and as Associate Director of Strategic Research from 2005 to 2006. In those positions, Wallace integrated the expertise from all basic science programs and five expansive science and engineering organizations to support LANL’s nuclear-weapons, threat-reduction, and national-security missions.

Key Facts:

  • Wallace’s expertise is forensic seismology, a highly specialized discipline focusing on detection and quantification of nuclear tests.
  • Raised in Los Alamos, Wallace served for 20 years as a professor of geosciences and an associate in the applied mathematics program at the University of Arizona. He returned to LANL in 2003 as director of Los Alamos’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.
  • Wallace holds PhD and M.S. degrees in geophysics from California Institute of Technology and B.S. degrees in geophysics and mathematics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
  • Wallace is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and in 1992 he received the AGU's Macelwane Medal. Wallace has served as president of the Seismological Society of America, chairman of the Incorporated Institutions for Research in Seismology, and authored the position paper for the American Geophysical Union on the verifiability of a comprehensive test ban treaty.
  •  In June 2011, Wallace gained the rare honor of having a mineral named after him by the International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature, and Classification.

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