Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



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LLNL has a long history working with the DoD on advance missile defenses. Starting with the development of nuclear warheads for the first coastal defense missiles deployed by the U.S. soon after World War II, through the Strategic Defense Initiative program in the 1980’s, through to today’s support to MDA, LLNL has provided scientific and engineering expertise on missile defense concepts, modeling and simulation of system effectiveness, and novel concepts, including advanced conventional warhead and kinetic kill vehicle concepts.

A major MDA-funded effort is the development of a high-power Diode Pumped Alkali Laser (DPAL) for missile defense applications. LLNL also leverages the broad intellectual capital and world class facilities coupled with the expertise in high performance computing to provide MDA with high fidelity analysis and mission essential information supporting current and emerging capabilities.