Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reorganizes national security programs

Parney Albright, the director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, announced several changes on Friday to the lab's national security programs that will go into effect on Wednesday.

The Livermore, Calif.-based lab, which provides U.S. security solutions through innovations in science, technology and engineering, will move Bruce Goodwin to the position of associate director at large for National Security Policy & Research. Goodwin is currently the principal associate director for Weapons & Complex Integration.

Goodwin will lead the Center for Global Security Research, oversee the National Security Office, coordinate with the lab's senior management team and take on high-focus special assignments and key initiatives.

"This new role will allow us to strategically coordinate broad national security policy engagement at the international level," Albright said. "Bruce will lead a proactive and revitalized effort across the Laboratory in developing a national security policy engagement portfolio. This role is ideally suited for Bruce, who is an extremely well respected national security leader across the (U.S. Department of Energy) complex and with international partners."

Charlie Verdon will move to the position of acting principal associate director for WCI. He will take over the position while a screening committee works to select a permanent replacement for the role.

"Charlie brings an extraordinarily broad national security technical leadership background and expertise to this position," Albright said. "I am extremely impressed with his ability to successfully oversee scientific and technical teams in support of the laboratory's national security mission, in broad terms and on a personal level, and I look forward to having him on the senior management team in this acting capacity."

Ron Lehman will take on a new position as a counselor to Albright. Lehman has been the director of the CGSR since 1996 and he currently services as board chair of the International Science and Technology Center and as vice chair of the DoD Threat Reduction Advisory Committee.

"I look forward to having Ron's assistance in addressing the laboratory's strategic challenges," Albright said. "I am confident that these organizational changes and new assignments will help position us to meet our current mission deliverables and help us achieve key laboratory priorities to enhance and expand our mission in the broad national security space."

LLNL is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration