Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Leadership, Governance

The Lab's mission is to develop and apply science and technology 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.

Science, technology, and engineering work at Los Alamos benefits from strong leaders, rigorous governance

The people of Los Alamos National Laboratory are held by customers, as well as their own senior managers, to very high standards of accountability, achievement, and ethical behavior.

Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS)

And, in times of scarce resources, those who run the Laboratory are resourceful, helping maximize funding opportunities and reaching back for help from the following four organizations that formed Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) to manage and operate Los Alamos for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): the University of California; Bechtel National, Inc.; BWXT Government Group, Inc.; and URS, an AECOM company.

These four world-class organizations have extensive experience in nuclear defense programs, large-scale facilities management, applying science and technology to homeland security challenges, and safety and security. They work closely with Laboratory leaders to support delivery of NNSA's mission at the Laboratory.

Director's Office

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Terry C. Wallace, Jr.

Terry C. Wallace, Jr. was appointed the 11th Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory on January 1, 2018. Wallace is an internationally recognized scientific authority on geophysics and forensic seismology, has evaluated more than 1,700 US and foreign nuclear tests, and demonstrated success at balancing mission performance with security and safety. Read Director's Message »

Deputy Director Richard Kacich

Deputy Director
Richard Kacich

Richard Kacich joined the executive leadership team at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Nov. 30, 2015. He is a Bechtel senior manager with 40 years of construction and enterprise management experience.

W. Scott Gibbs

Deputy Director for Mission Assurance
W. Scott Gibbs

As Deputy Director for Mission assurance, Scott Gibbs provides strategic and tactical support in the areas of risk management and contract assurance.

Carolyn Zerkle

Associate Director/Executive Director
Carolyn Zerkle

As Associate Director/Executive Director, Zerkle leads institutional initiatives and provides oversight for numerous Laboratory organizations.

Principal Associate Directors

Capital Projects, PADCAP Michael Costas

Capital Projects (PADCAP)
Michael Costas

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Global Security (PADGS)
Nancy Jo Nicholas 

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Operations and Business, PADOPS Craig Leasure

Operations and Business (PADOPS)
Craig Leasure

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Science, Technology, and Engineering, PADSTE John Sarrao

Science, Technology, and Engineering (PADSTE)
John Sarrao

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Weapons Programs, PADWP Bob Webster

Weapons Programs (PADWP)
Robert Webster

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