National Security Programs

Provide advanced defense, deterrent and intelligence technology, and analysis to strengthen our nation’s defenders

Microsystems Engineering, Science and Applications

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The Microsystems Engineering, Science & Applications Center (MESA) has the mission to develop beyond leading edge trusted microsystems technologies to enable new and increasingly powerful macro-system capability and functionality for critical national security platforms. Extensive scientific and engineering expertise in areas such as material growth and process development for silicon and compounds, device and product design, advanced packaging technologies for 3-D integration, reliability, and failure analysis makes possible the custom trusted solutions we deliver to the nation today.

Surveillance and Reconnaissance

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The Surveillance and Reconnaissance (S&R) Program designs, tests, and integrates cutting-edge technology to demonstrate, field, and support high-impact S&R systems for our government partners. The S&R Program originated within Sandia’s nuclear weapons program, which led to Sandia’s initial development of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems for non-proliferation missions over 3 decades ago. The S&R Program has now grown to include three sub-programs: Radar Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Advanced RF Systems; and Secure Processing and Information Protection. Please click on the links above to learn more about ongoing initiatives within each sub-program.

Integrated Military Systems

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Integrated Military Systems develops and demonstrates pathfinder systems and technologies to defend the nation and defeat threats to national security. We offer an integrated capability of designing, developing, analyzing, and testing advanced flight systems, as well as revolutionary technologies in autonomy, directed energy, and target characterization. IMS serves as the steward of the Kauai Test Facility, which enables full spectrum prototyping from R&D to flight test.

Information Operations

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Information Operations conducts research and develops technologies to help protect U.S. government, military, and critical civilian infrastructure from cyber threats. We are world-class leaders in cybersecurity research and vulnerability assessments. We work across the technology spectrum, utilizing Sandia’s extensive science, engineering, and technological resources, to assess, design, implement and influence national security solutions in support of sponsor missions.

Proliferation Assessments

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Proliferation Assessments provides technical and engineering solutions that enable the US intelligence community, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense to assess and reduce nuclear proliferation threats to our nation.

Partnering With Sandia

We partner with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and qualified industry and university partners to accomplish our missions. Inquiries are welcome by contacting Jon Chavez or the appropriate contact from our Technology Partnerships page.

Career Possibilities

Join our team of scientists, engineers, and innovators to solve challenging national security problems that defy easy textbook answers.