WASHINGTON, DC – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today recognized Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Dr. Michael Anastasio for his dedicated service as part of the nuclear security enterprise. LANL announced that Dr. Anastasio would retire from the lab after serving as Director for the last five years.
“I want to personally express my deepest appreciation to Mike Anastasio for his exceptional service to Los Alamos National Laboratory, to the National Nuclear Security Administration, and to the country,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “As director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, and of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before that, Mike has led two of the nation’s premier national security research facilities at the frontiers of science and innovation. Under his leadership, Los Alamos has made major contributions to our national security, and helped keep the American people safe. I am incredibly grateful for his counsel over the years and consider him a true servant to the nation.”
Dr. Anastasio has been the Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since June 1, 2006, and is President of the Los Alamos National Security, LLC. The Laboratory is a principal contributor to the Department of Energy’s programs to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and to reduce the international dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction. Prior to his current position, Dr. Anastasio was the Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2002 to 2006.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.