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Supply Chain Principles

LANL adheres to strict principles regarding our supply chain in order to achieve the overall laboratory mission.

Laboratory Mission

The Laboratory’s mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence by developing and applying science and technology solutions to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce global threats; and other emerging national security and energy challenges. LANL's supply chain is an integral part to satisfying this mission, and must operate smoothly and without interruption.

For more details view the Mission webpage.


To deliver science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability. We have a strong focus on research and development solutions, in order to deliver the best possible science and technology results for the nation. Our vision is an expression of our company’s values, designed to align with our nation’s top national security priorities.

LANL is committed to working with our suppliers in order to deliver premiere science and engineering disciplines and global security mission solutions.  

Expectations of suppliers

  • Fully understand how their products and services can directly benefit the Laboratory and the solutions we offer
  • Share our commitment to performance excellence in terms of cost, quality and delivery
  • Financially healthy and are continuously focused on improving affordability and efficiency
  • Will share knowledge on how we can all better manage our businesses and deliver best value solutions for our suppliers, the Laboratory, and the country
  • Conduct operations in a professional and respectful manner and share our commitment to ethical business practices
LANL values can be found on the mission webpage.
ACE - Agility, Capability, Excellence

Procurement at LANL is rapidly transforming as part of our Agility, Capability, and Excellence (ACE) project to deliver world-class service and value to our stakeholders and taxpayers. We execute our mission through next-practices and strategic processes including category management, supplier management and efficient compliance. We partner with our supply chain promoting continuous improvement and innovation while remaining constantly focused on safety, quality and security. We are steadfast in respecting and promoting intellectual curiosity, transparency, teamwork and transactional efficiency.

Four pillars of change management are guiding our transformation:

  • Strategy: Global professional best practices melding with Federal approaches
  • Structure: Centralization of related activities for effectiveness and quality
  • Skills: Limiting expected competencies to skills necessary to support the structure
  • Solutions: Establishing leading platform and preparation for advancements including machine learning, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics

The end result is simple: Procurement Excellence. Streamlined procurement solutions will delight external suppliers, maximize effectiveness, and ensure compliance, all while creating a consumer-simple end-user experience. Procurement processes will be optimized by our curiosity and drive to identify best practices that improve transaction efficiency and eliminate process waste, real-time visibility and insights into planned, active and closed transactions, efforts to leverage new and existing relationships with premiere thought leadership and business process improvement organizations, and external business partners, and our recognition as an industry leader capable of attracting and retaining tomorrow’s best and brightest procurement professionals.


Every Laboratory employee is expected to give their undivided business loyalty to the Laboratory and to avoid situations that may result in any conflict of interest between the private interests of the employee and the interests of the Laboratory as a whole. In addition, employees must exercise caution and discretion when accepting gifts and entertainment in their capacity as an employee of the Laboratory, when conducting business with the Laboratory, and when participating in the selection of vendors and consultants to the Laboratory. Ensuring that all of the values of the Laboratory remain foundational to our work requires a daily commitment from each employee to follow and uphold the Code of Conduct and follow all applicable laws, regulations, and Laboratory policies.

View the Ethics and Accountability webpage for more details.

Code of Conduct

View the LANL Code of Conduct webpage.

What LANL Builds

Los Alamos National Laboratory builds, develops and utilizes a wide variety of mission solutions using multidisciplinary science, technology and engineering in order to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce global threats; and other emerging national security and energy challenges.

"Heritage of Science" is a short video that highlights the Stockpile Stewardship program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Stockpile Stewardship was conceived in the early 1990s as a national science-based program that could assure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without the need for full-scale underground nuclear testing. 

What LANL Buys

As a premier national research and development laboratory, LANL seeks to do business with qualified companies that offer value and high quality products and services. In FY19, the Laboratory procured nearly $1 billion in products and services. Products, services LANL can procure include, but are not limited to:

Research and Development Studies

Studies and reports for research & development, demonstration, feasibility, task performance, design, test, experimentation, data gathering, analysis, investigation, software, and development code

Facility Construction and Architectural/Engineering

Construction services; architectural/engineering services; real property

Support Services and Staff Augmentation

Services for administrative and technical functions and capabilities; consultants, and affiliates

Mechanical and Electronic Fabrication

Fabrication, machining, plating, and assembly of prototype equipment, materials and structures using performances and design specifications. Fabrication and assembly of prototype printed circuit boards (PCB) and printed wiring boards (PWB) using performance and design specifications.

Commercial Products and Services Procurement

The following items are purchased through Basic Ordering Agreements, Indefinite Quantity Indefinite Delivery contracts, the Purchase Program Card Program, and through the Rapid Purchase Team:

  • Information technology, hardware, software
  • Capital equipment
  • Belts and bearings
  • Building hardware
  • Bulk paper
  • Chemicals
  • Computer equipment and accessories
  • Controllers
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Lumber
  • Metals
  • Office products
  • Personal computers and accessories
  • Plastics, tools
  • Valves and fittings
  • Wire/cable
  • Supplies for building, cleaning/janitorial services, electrical, laboratory, photographic, plumbing, vacuum system products
  • Welding and soldering material
  • Automotive
  • Instrument replacement parts
  • V-belts, motors, shears, sprockets, chain bearings
  • Hardware supplies
  • Laser printer products
  • Rubber stamps, printing and office supplies
  • Audio and video supplies
  • Calibration equipment
Commitment to Northern New Mexico

LANL is committed to building a strong supplier base with Northern New Mexico businesses and the local Native American pueblos in the purchases of goods and services. The Laboratory is committed to actively creating procurement opportunities for the New Mexico suppliers, as well as investing and partnering in economic development initiatives and programs that help simulate business growth, create jobs, and strengthen the communities.

Counties and Pueblos LANL does business with

Northern New Mexico Counties

  • Los Alamos
  • Santa Fe
  • Rio Arriba
  • Taos
  • Mora
  • San Miguel
  • Sandoval

Eight Regional Pueblos

  • Nambe
  • Ohkay Owingeh (formerly known as San Juan)
  • Picuris
  • Pojoaque
  • San Ildefonso
  • Santa Clara
  • Taos
  • Tesuque
New Mexico Small Business Programs

In 2019, the Laboratory spent 69.7%, of its procurement dollars with small businesses. Of that, $540,602,787 spent with small businesses, 53.4% ($288,646,792) was spent with New Mexico small businesses.

New Mexico Small Business Spend:

  • 2% came from Small Disadvantaged Businesses
  • 8% came from Woman-Owned Small Businesses
  • 4% came from HUB Zone Businesses
  • 5% came from Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
  • 0% came from Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
  • 1% came from Native American-Owned Businesses; and
  • 5% came from 8(a) Businesses.

Economic Development and Technical Assistance

The Laboratory invests and partners in economic development initiatives and programs that help stimulate business growth, create jobs, and strengthen our communities.

Regional Development Corporation

Our primary economic development partner in Northern New Mexico is the Regional Development Corporation (RDC), a nonprofit organization with a mission to create and retain jobs, which receives investment from Laboratory operator Triad National Security, LLC. The RDC provides private investment opportunities and technical assistance to facilitate job growth and diversify the economies of communities in the following seven counties: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos.

The RDC supports economic development in Northern New Mexico through two main program areas. The Business Retention & Expansion Program provides small businesses, regional startups, and tribal communities funding opportunities and one-on-one technical assistance to help build and sustain a vibrant local economy. The Workforce Training & Education Program is a partnership between the RDC and six Northern New Mexico higher education institutions to identify training needs and develop a well-educated workforce in the region. 

New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program (NMSBA)

New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program (NMSBA) helps for-profit small businesses in New Mexico access cutting-edge technologies, solve technical issues and gain knowledge from technical experts at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The assistance is provided at no cost to the small businesses.

For every $1 tax credit invested in the NMSBA, the state of New Mexico receives a return of $1.49. Since 2000 the program has assisted over 2,648 small businesses in all parts of New Mexico.

Economic and business development partnerships

The Laboratory is involved with the Northern New Mexico business community through economic development and business service partners. We participate in the following organizations:

  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico
  • Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Española Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Espanola Valley Community Development Corporation
  • Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance
  • Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce
  • Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Regional Development Corporation
  • Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
  • Taos Entrepreneurial Network
  • Taos County Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico Employment Statistics and Economic Impact
For information on LANL's impact on the New Mexico economy please visit the Economic Impact on New Mexico webpage.