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Principal Associate Director - Weapons Programs

As Acting Principal Associate Director for the Weapons Program, Leasure leads the programs to assure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the systems in the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

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Under his leadership, the LANL Weapons Program integrates planning and execution of the stockpile stewardship program, a critical mission of the Laboratory.

Craig Leasure
Acting Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs

Craig Leasure

As Acting Principal Associate Director for the Weapons Program, Leasure leads the programs to assure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the systems in the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

Under his leadership, the LANL Weapons Program integrates planning and execution of the Stockpile Stewardship program, a critical mission of the Laboratory.

Stockpile stewardship encompasses the activities necessary to assure the stockpile without underground nuclear testing.

This mission includes physics and engineering design, small-scale research and development programs, plutonium sustainment activities, pit manufacturing, and leadership and oversight of multi-million dollar programs including Advanced Simulation and Computing, science campaigns, and directed stockpile Work.

Key Facts

  • Dr. Leasure began his career with Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company, NASA White Sands Test Facility, his last two years there as the Department Manager of the Laboratory Test Department.
  • His department conducted scientific, engineering and test operations at two major facilities for hazardous testing, including explosives, rocket fuels and oxidizers, high-pressure gaseous hydrogen and oxygen testing, and liquid hydrogen and oxygen testing.
  • At Los Alamos, he has served in increasingly responsible line and program management capacities starting as a Group Leader then Program Manager, Office Director, acting Program Director, and Deputy Associate Director in both operations and in weapons programs and now Acting Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs.

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