Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL has been managed since its inception in 1952 by the University of California for the U.S. government.
As a national security laboratory, LLNL is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s nuclear weapons remain safe, secure, and reliable through application of advances in science and engineering. With its special capabilities, the Laboratory also meets other pressing national security needs, which include countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and strengthening homeland security against the terrorist use of such weapons.
Our breakthrough advances are made possible by an extraordinary technical staff and investments in research facilities that provide LLNL wide ranging capabilities. The Laboratory is an international leader in many areas of science and technology central to our national security mission.
With our broadly based capabilities and leadership in mission-focused areas of science and engineering, the Laboratory is able to also make major advances to meet other national needs. LLNL pursues major research programs in energy and environment, bioscience and biotechnology, and basic science and advanced technology.
The Laboratory is able to attract a superb workforce because of its exciting missions and opportunities to pursue leading-edge research as part of multidisciplinary teams. This keeps the Laboratory at the forefront of technical capabilities necessary for our national security mission and ready to effectively respond to evolving changes in national priorities and surprises.
Lawrence Livermore has an annual budget of about $1.6 billion and a staff of over 8,000 employees. It is home to over 3,500 scientists, engineers, and technicians together with professionals in many other disciplines to keep the Laboratory running in a safe, secure and efficient manner.