National Security Programs
Associate Labs Director
As the National Security Programs Associate Labs Director for Sandia National Laboratories, Mike Burns manages Strategic Partnerships projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal departments and agencies, Strategic Intelligence Partnership projects for the U.S. Intelligence Community, and programs for the DOE Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.
Before joining Sandia, Mike spent more than 32 years in the national laboratory system, most recently as the Integrated Weapons Experiment (J) Division Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory, managing high-explosives and energetic-materials experiments. Previously at LANL, he was Deputy Principal Associate Director for Global Security Programs, Director of the Field Intelligence Element and other management positions.
Prior to LANL, Mike served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Nuclear Defense Policy on the Department of Homeland Security Council staff. Earlier, with DHS, he was the founding Director of the Office of National Laboratories and Director of Stewardship Planning within the department’s Science and Technology Directorate. He also worked with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Iraq Nuclear Verification Office as a nuclear weapons inspector in Iraq.
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