Sandia has served for more than 50 years as one of the major
national defense R&D labs, starting in 1945 in Albuquerque,
New Mexico, as part of the Manhattan Project, which built the
first nuclear weapons. AT&T began managing Sandia in 1949
after President Harry Truman offered the company "an opportunity
to render an exceptional service in the national interest."
In 1993, Lockheed Martin (then Martin Marietta) assumed
management of the Labs.
Today Sandia has two primary facilities, one in Albuquerque and
one in Livermore, California. Sandia employs about 7,450 people
and manage about $1.4 billion of work per year.
Sandia is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy to
design all of the non-nuclear components of the nation's nuclear
weapons. Sandia also works closely with many U.S. government and
industry groups to make contributions to preserve the nation's
security. We constantly explore new opportunities to team with
government, industry, and university partners in this mission.
Sandia pursues "science and engineering with the mission
in mind" finding solutions to the nation's most challenging
Sandia National Laboratories is performing a Life Extension Program on the W80-4 nuclear weapon. The Life Extension Program is refurbishing the W80 warhead with replacement components for aging technology and components that have limited lifespans. Much of the work is being done at Sandia's California site.
Sandia National Laboratories is studying additive manufacturing and its potential for high-consequence applications. Two aspects of that effort are to understand both the properties of newly formed materials and how to design to get just what's needed without over-designing.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.