POINT OF VIEW - Mark Domzalski

Deterrent Capabilities in the 21st Century

U.S. policymakers generate the words and prose that our government officials sign, creating declarative policy. It is a community that Los Alamos National Laboratory works in every day, in different ways. At the Laboratory, policy analysis efforts are often translated into commentary at the request of federal officials, and sometimes proffered back to a broader community in the form of discussion or white papers. Some Laboratory staff members are asked to take external assignments, to provide technical support and subject matter expertise to NNSA and other federal departments and agencies. In the external assignments, Laboratory personnel provide essential information, in the form of facts, data, experience, and expert opinion, allowing senior officials to understand opportunities and risks as policy is crafted.

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