International Programs

Sandia's international partnerships provide innovative, science-based solutions to global security problems in an array of critical areas — from protecting and managing water resources to safeguarding energy infrastructure to promoting nuclear nonproliferation. We also operate programs in biosecurity, chemical security, and energy efficiency and delivery. Where possible, we engage in broader international programs and inject the international perspective into existing Sandia programs.

Why our international programs matter

Sandia's international programs acknowledge that global security is a critical component of security at home. Our partnerships help focus international attention, expertise, and creativity on issues that, if unchecked, could undermine domestic efforts to protect our nation. And by keeping the concerns and viewpoints of the international community in our sights as we conduct our existing programs, Sandia can broaden the scope of our activities to address and minimize issues of global importance.

Our approach


Visiting Research Scholars Program

The Visiting Research Scholars Program brings experts from around the world to work with Sandia staff in exploring how technology can support the development and implementation of security policy and agreements.

Cooperative Monitoring Center

Sandia's (CMC) Cooperative Monitoring Center provides a forum for technical and policy experts from around the world to explore ways that technology can aid in implementing confidence-building measures (CBMs), treaties, or other international security agreements.


International Biological Threat Reduction

The International Biological Threat Reduction (IBTR), a division of Sandia's Global Security Programs, enhances U.S. and international security by reducing biological threats worldwide and promoting the secure and responsible use of dangerous biological agents across the globe.

Chemical Security Engagement Program

Sandia provides technical expertise for the Chemical Security Engagement Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. CSP works to reduce the risk of chemical threats by collaborating with partner governments, national and international chemical organizations, and chemical professionals to raise awareness about chemical security, consistent with national and international guidelines and requirements.