Preventing the unwanted spread and use of nuclear technology
State-of-the-art solutions to our country’s national security needs
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) actively protects our nation against the nuclear threats regardless of origin. We exercise unique capabilities in nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism to prevent the unwanted spread and use of nuclear technology. Additionally, we maintain a specialized operational team that is fully prepared for nuclear emergency response.
LANL scientists and researchers have the expertise and ingenuity to address each phase of a nuclear event, from detection, diagnosis, and planning through post-event response, recovery, and forensic analysis. Our analysis spans program and mission activities across the Intelligence Community and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense.
As national threats grow more asymmetric, the ability to immediately respond to nuclear threats is essential.
LANL offers expertise, practical tools, and state-of-the-art technology for our nation’s nuclear counterterrorism, incident response, nuclear forensics, and counterproliferation needs. Our scientists and researchers excel in understanding nuclear threat devices, and our response team helps make the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) the premier technical leader in responding to and resolving nuclear and radiological threats worldwide.
Offsite Source Recovery Program
LANL leads the Offsite Source Recovery Program, which recovers domestic and international sealed radioactive sources in the interest of national security and public safety. Since 1997, we have removed radioactive sealed sources from industrial, educational, healthcare, and government facilities worldwide. LANL staff also support the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with numerous objectives, including missions to conduct national inventories in other countries and the development of national strategies for disused sources.
Decades of Nuclear Safeguards
International nuclear safeguards trace their roots back to LANL in World War II. Since then, much of our safeguards work has focused on preventing nuclear materials from proliferating—and on encouraging peaceful uses of nuclear technology for energy, medical, and other important needs.
Agile space systems are essential for national security. Our scientists and engineers create data collection and communication systems in response to those needs.
We also conduct research to advance space-based nuclear detonation detection; one example is the Distributed Infrastructure Offering Real-time Access to Modeling and Analysis (DIORAMA), a simulation tool developed in part to conduct nuclear detonation source term modeling, assess weapons outputs and effects in space, and evaluate sensor performance.