Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a premier national security research institution, delivering scientific and engineering solutions 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.
LANL is the design agency for the W76/W88 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile warheads, the W78 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile warhead, and the B61 gravity bomb. These four systems constitute 80 percent of the U.S. on-alert nuclear deterrent.
Work in biothreat reduction at Los Alamos extends across many areas including detection technologies, bioforensics, pathogen analysis, and understanding host-pathogen interactions for better vaccine development.
Los Alamos has approximately 10,000 employees and a FY 2014 budget of $2.1 billion.
Los Alamos is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) under contract to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) as part of the U.S. Department of Energy. LANS comprises four U.S. organizations that partner to support delivery of our national security science mission. These entities are the University of California; Bechtel National, Inc.; The Babcock and Wilcox Company; and URS Corporation.