Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



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LLNL recognizes the importance of education and supporting current and future military leaders as they advance throughout their careers. This includes understanding trends in science and technology as it applies to our national security missions, focused programs on conventional and nuclear weapons and weapons effects, intelligence programs, and strategic deterrence.

LLNL Support to Military Education

The list below shows the extensive military education and outreach activities supported by ODC:

  • Air Force Fellows
    • 2-4 Fellows per year spend the year familiarizing themselves with the NNSA nuclear enterprise and working within the programs of LLNL.
  • Army Education with Industry
    • 1 fellow working directly with LLNL’s Environmental, Safety, and Health Directorate
  • Professional Development Course for Military Personnel
    • ODC supports the NNSA Nuclear Enterprise course for the 20th Air Force ICBM Center of Excellence (ICE) Professional Development and 8th Air Force Professional Development. The three-day course is provided monthly and is typically attended by 10-20 senior enlisted personnel and junior officers.
  • ODC fosters Naval Postgraduate School students performing research at LLNL for both Master’s and Ph.D. students.
  • Ad Hoc Professional Development
    • “Top Hand” visits to LLNL for Missile Operators from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB)
    • USAF Air War College Blue Horizons students visit to LLNL
    • USAF Chief of Staff yearly study section
    • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) fellows visits to LLNL
    • National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) future leaders visit to LLNL
  • Military Academy Cadets, Midshipman and Faculty Interns
    • 30 - 35 cadets and midshipmen are assigned to LLNL researchers for 3-6 week summer appointments, funded by NNSA and DTRA
  • Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) Interns - cadets and midshipmen are recruited nationally, with 15 ROTC undergraduate students assigned to LLNL researchers for summer employment
  • Newly Commissioned Officer Program (NCOP)
    • Newly “minted” Second Lieutenants are funded for 3-9 months to work at LLNL while awaiting their first military assignments
    • US Navy Ensigns (paid by the Navy) work at LLNL while awaiting flight or nuclear school
  • ROTC Day
    • 80 to 100 ROTC participants from California and bordering states visit LLNL for one day of briefings and tours highlighting LLNL’s support to DoD
  • Tri-Lab support, including briefings by LLNL subject matter experts to USAF Academy physics and political science departments
    • Support Physics Major, Nuclear Weapons Minor
    • Support Political Science Major
  • Career Skills Program at LLNL for military interns who are in the process of transitioning out of the military during the last 6 months of their career

LLNL Familiarization of Military Operations

ODC supports military operations familiarization visits by LLNL staff:

  • Minot AFB, ND trip to visit B-52 Bomber and Minuteman III Missile Wings
  • Vandenberg AFB, CA Launch Facility briefings and tours, Minuteman III Launch, ICBM test launch operations
  • USSTRATCOM Omaha, NE visit
  • Glory Trip visits (2 – 3 per year) for missile launch and maintenance crews to visit LLNL
  • Whiteman AFB, MO B-2 operations
  • USAF Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, LA visit
  • Naval Submarine Base Bangor, WA, SSBN and D5 missile operations
  • Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, Home of Strike Fighter Wing Pacific