The Laboratory has played an important role for the Department of Defense (DOD) by providing detailed quantitative technical analyses that outline how weapon systems can be best applied as part of the U.S. strategic deterrent. Starting with D Division in the Military Applications Directorate in the ‘70s and ‘80s, LLNL has developed and maintained expertise in applications and effectiveness of weapon systems, weapon effects, and conflict modeling and simulation.
Given the dynamic threat landscape facing the U.S., coordinated technical systems analysis in support of the DOD is becoming increasingly in demand. To help meet this need, the Laboratory has formed a Systems Analysis Group (SAG) with the ODC. The SAG will technically assess national security threats, formulate options and provide advice on strategic deterrence initiatives through the analysis of multi-domain deterrence – conventional, cyber, space and nuclear – alternatives to counter rapidly evolving threats. SAG studies are proposed based on assessments of needs derived from U.S. government policy and strategy activities and documents and approved by the LLNL Director.
SAG projects are divided into three main thrust areas: