LLNL is proud to provide enduring partnerships with the Department of Defense. Our Strategic Partnerships activity fosters and enables the application of LLNL’s advanced scientific, engineering, and computational capabilities for DoD mission needs. Key partners include: U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Pacific Command, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
The ODC provides direct support to USSTRATCOM by being the Laboratory’s focal point for providing leadership and technical expertise to the Commander’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) Science, Technology and Transformation (ST&T) Panel. The SAG ST&T Panel is chaired by Laboratory Director Emeritus Dr. George Miller. LLNL provides the lead staff support for the Panel with assistance from Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories and Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.
Mr. Dave Rehbein is a LLNL permanent offsite employee in the ODC and is assigned as the LLNL liaison to USSTRATCOM, Mr. Mark Wittig is a LLNL permanent offsite employee in LLNL’s Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Associate Directorate and assigned as Senior Nuclear Advisor to USSTRATCOM Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), and Mr. Daryl Boyer bolsters the resident technical and programmatic expertise in the USSTRATCOM Capability and Resource Integration Directorate (J8) as a LLNL Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignee.
The ODC provides direct support to USPACOM by being the Laboratory’s focal point to help address challenges in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. USPACOM is the largest of the Regional Joint Combatant Commands, encompassing over half of the earth’s surface and global population. USPACOM must deal with five of the six growing political, economic, and military competitions the U.S. faces around the world; China, Russia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), and growing transnational threat groups, from jihadist terrorists to transnational criminal organizations actively trying to harm U.S, and allied interests. Mr. Ken Bruner is LLNL’s liaison assigned to USPACOM, USPACOM service components, and sub-unified Commands.
Ken Bruner provides advice and support for Pacific Command senior staff, the service components and US Forces Korea. He interacts extensively with each component to fully understand their requirements and operational methods. His cross-interaction across the components gives ken an ability to understand and convey to LLNL the complexity of joint conventional operations and the various component’s roles to improve the command’s joint warfighting capability. Ken works with the science and program leaders at LLNL to understand command needs and advocates appropriate LLNL technology developments. In addition, Ken’s prior Air Force career in S&T acquisition and his service as the command’s science advisor allows him to leverage extensive relationships with Air Force, Navy, and Army research enterprises to better understand planned service capabilities and research for the next fight in the region, and to find specific niches by which LLNL can provide critical support. Further, as part of the extended PACOM team, he has access to OSD and service funding opportunities that he forwards to LLNL researchers to further research areas and expand good ideas into warfighting benefit.
According the 2018 National Defense Strategy:
USPACOM is currently challenged by the rapidly expanded and improved military forces of China, and its growth in boldness throughout the region. Russia’s increased operations within the region is a cause of concern for both USPACOM and its allies and partners in the region. In addition, the DPRK has continued its development of both nuclear weapons and delivery platforms despite UN sanctions designed to terminate the programs. Finally, as transnational terror groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda see their influence eroded in Southwest Asia due to ongoing U.S. operations, battle hardened veterans return back to their homes in Southeast Asia creating potential for increased terror operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
USPACOM and the service components and sub-unified commands are actively looking for materiel and non-materiel solutions to address the challenges faced within the theater. USPACOM uses the Science and Technology, and Innovation and Experimentation Offices to leverage the National Research Enterprise and coordinate efforts to address the challenges. Within these two Offices, there are representatives from many DoD Federally Funded R&D Centers and University Affiliated Research Centers. Most of these organizations are working on Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)- or service-funded projects or experiments. LLNL is the sole DOE/NNSA national laboratory represented at USPACOM. USPACOM is actively seeking technical solutions to address the most pressing issues and LLNL has the opportunity to develop new approaches to the challenges as well as update and enhance existing capabilities to address current and future threats.
LLNL partners with DoD Special Operations components to create technology that provides advantage to Operators. Laboratory staff directly support USSOCOM S&T activities as well as U.S. Army Special Operations Command and U.S. Naval Special Warfare. Mr. Nalu Kaahaaina serves as LLNL’s IPA assignee to Naval Special Warfare, while also leading technology development for Special Operations at LLNL.
The ODC maintains the Laboratory’s engagements with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff, and with each of the Military Services (Departments of Army, Navy, and Air Force). OSD is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, fiscal, and program evaluation responsibilities. OSD includes the immediate offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs (including the Office of Nuclear Matters and the Office of Threat Reduction and Arms Control), and Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering entities (DARPA, MDA, SCO, DIUx). Through their technology Labs and through partnerships with industry and other government departments, the Military Services train and equip forces to perform warfighting, peacekeeping, and humanitarian assistance tasks. The Joint Staff, under the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advise the President and provide planning advice and policy formulation to guide the strategic direction of the forces, maintain military integration, readiness, and capability development. In addition to LLNL’s engagement with the Combatant Commands, our interaction with these interconnected major components of the Defense Department ensures that LLNL is fully informed, efficiently connected, and adding value as it develops solutions for the warfighter.
The ODC provides direct support to MDA by serving in support of the National Team, providing reach back support for foreign nuclear weapon programs and activities, developing threat signature data packages, providing lethality and survivability analysis, and serving as the nuclear weapons environments and effects subject matter experts on the Nuclear Information Working Group.
LLNL has one employee assigned to MDA, Dr. Chris Cross, who serves as the technical liaison to MDA working at Fort Belvoir, coordinating work in support of the Ballistic Missile Defense System Technology Development and Capability Assessment Team. Dr. Randy Simpson serves as the LLNL MDA Team Captain supporting the National Team at MDA.