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Argonne National Laboratory

Global Security

Protecting our future in a complex world

Argonne is committed to help maintain the security and welfare of the United States, especially in view of the different threats that our country faces.

As a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, Argonne’s diverse science and engineering research program helps protect and defend our nation while ensuring the prosperity, security and resiliency of our national infrastructure.

To deliver on this commitment, Argonne offers world-class scientific and engineering expertise along with some of America’s most advanced research and development (R&D) facilities.

Argonne researchers work closely with decision makers to help them make informed choices about how to protect, mitigate, respond, and recover from a wide spectrum of national and global security threats and challenges. These partnerships connect Argonne’s expertise and capabilities with the real-world situations in which they are needed.

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Hypersonic Flight

Hypersonic flight, the ability to fly at more than five times the speed of sound, is a top priority for the U.S. Military. Argonne brings unique capabilities to advance this field.
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National security extends beyond our borders, when it is important to secure resources internationally and domestically.
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Our national safety requires multiple layers of cybersecurity to keep infrastructure running smoothly and the military operating effectively.
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Biological threats, whether naturally occurring or manmade, have the power to disrupt and cause catastrophic harm to human populations.
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Information Technology Authentication

Technology is changing faster than ever. 3D printing has revolutionized information technology (IT) capabilities to design, customize and deploy custom components, chips and circuits faster and cheaper than ever before.
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Decision Support

Argonne scientists provide support through advanced modeling that helps the U.S. military in planning, analysis and decision making in transportation and logistics for our armed forces.
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Machine Learning and Big Data

Argonne scientists are involved in several large-scale simulation and machine learning projects ranging from logistics modeling for the U.S. military, electronic warfare and radio frequency propagation modeling for the U.S. Navy.
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Sensors and Detectors

Working with agencies and departments across the United States, Argonne scientists are committed to developing the technologies necessary to prevent and mitigate security events across the country.
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Materials for Quantum Information

Projects in this area focus on development and characterization of materials for next-generation quantum systems, such as quantum bits or qubits,” which are fundamental objects in QIS and form the basis of quantum computing and networking architectures.
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Quantum Sensing

In this area, Argonne is harnessing various quantum mechanical features to perform highly sensitive measurements. Potential applications include imaging brain function, searching for gravitational waves, and hunting for dark matter.
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Threat Analysis

Our threat experts understand the goals of adversaries, develop resilience strategies and identify emerging hybrid activities.
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Quantum Computing & Simulation

Argonne is building quantum computing and networking infrastructure that use quantum phenomena to enable groundbreaking applications. This work employs supercomputers to simulate the behavior of the underlying quantum materials, devices and algorithms.