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Facts, Figures

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.

People

Total workforce: 14,150, including about:

  • Triad National Security, LLC: 13,200
  • Guard Force: 330
  • Contractors: 620

Our workforce also has about:

  • 1,200 unionized craft workers
  • 1,800 students
  • 460 postdoctoral researchers
  • 860 veterans

Budget

Approx. $3.92 billion for FY22

  • 74% Weapons programs
  • 9% Nonproliferation programs
  • 4% Safeguards and Security
  • 1% Environmental Management
  • 3% DOE Office of Science
  • 2% Energy and other programs
  • 8% Work for Others

Place

Los Alamos is located in the high desert of northern New Mexico, 35 miles from the state capital of Santa Fe.

The Laboratory spans almost 40 square miles of DOE-owned property and has:

  • Almost 900 individual facilities
  • 13 nuclear facilities
  • 8.4 million square feet in buildings
  • $39.1 billion replacement plant value

Workforce

(Triad and students only)

35% of employees live in Los Alamos; the remainder are from Santa Fe, Española, Taos, Albuquerque and more.

Average Age: 44

  • 67% male, 33% female
  • 49% minorities
  • 6% hold associate degrees
  • 25% hold undergraduate
    degrees
  • 18% hold master’s degrees
  • 18% have earned a PhD

Major Awards

  • 186 R&D 100 awards since 1978
  • 37 E. O. Lawrence Awards
  • 11 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers
  • 3 Glenn T. Seaborg Awards
  • The Edward Teller Medal
  • The Nobel Prize in Physics: Frederick Reines

Albuquerque to
Los Alamos, NM

~100 miles; 1 hr, 40 min.

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