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Nuclear Technologies and National Security

Using longstanding, world-leading nuclear energy expertise and unique, first-in-class nonproliferation and infrastructure science capabilities to tackle diverse energy and security challenges.

Argonne’s Nuclear Technologies and National Security directorate supports a secure and resilient society by advancing nuclear energy and delivering innovative, objective science- and engineering-based solutions to inform decision making. We focus on enduring and emerging challenges in nuclear reactors and fuel cycles; nonproliferation; infrastructure risk and resilience analysis; intelligence and vulnerability analysis; and emergency and disaster preparedness.  

Leveraging collaborations within Argonne and experts from industry, academia, and other scientific organizations, we are working to:

  • Maximize nuclear energy as an essential part of meeting global decarbonization goals
  • Innovate next-generation nonproliferation to ensure peaceful use of nuclear materials, equipment, and technology
  • Enhance critical infrastructure resilience and adaptation to natural hazards and man-made disruptions
  • Advance novel approaches to measurement and signature science detection and analysis to help the nation mitigate, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats



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