Alternative Futures for the Department of Energy National Laboratories


Volume II

White Papers Prepared by the Department of Energy

for the

Task Force on Alternative Futures for the Department of Energy Laboratories

Submitted to the Task Force September 1994

Table of Contents

I. Serving National Needs: An Overview of the DOE Laboratories
A. Introduction
B. Who We Are
C. What We Do
Energy: Programs that Drive the Economy
Basic Research: World Leadership for Science, Mathematics and Engineering
National Security: Reducing Nuclear Danger
Environment: Stewardship and Prevention of Waste
Technology Partnerships: Enhancing National Competitiveness
Science and Engineering Education and Training
D. How We Do It
Scientific Facilities and Multi-disciplinary Workforce
Core Technical Capabilities
Integrated Approaches to Problem Solving
E. Looking to the Future in a Changing World
II. DOE Lab Contributions to the Nation's Scientific Enterprise
A. Introduction
B. Science and Technology at the Department of Energy
A Tradition of Scientific Exploration
Science is Central to the Department's Missions
Program Scope and Execution
C. DOE Contributions to National Science Policy Goals
D. Conclusion
III. Peer Review at the Department of Energy
A. Introduction
B. Scope of Peer Review at the Department of Energy
Statutory and Regulatory Context
R&D Programs Subject to Peer Review
C. Current Peer Review Practices at the Department of Energy
Fundamental Science and Energy Research
Civilian Energy Technology and Related R&D
National Security R&D
D. Comparisons with Other Federal Agencies
E. Conclusions and Opportunities for Improvement
F. Enhanced Application of Peer Review
Improved Peer Review Processes
Peer Review Research and Innovation
Appendix A
IV. Core Technical Capabilities of the DOE Laboratories
A. Introduction
B. Core Technical Capabilities
C. Guide to Core Technical Capability Data Charts
D. The Ten National Laboratories Reviewed by the Galvin Task Force
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Illinois
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), New York
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), Idaho
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBNL), California
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), California
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Colorado
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), New Mexico
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee
Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL), Washington State
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), New Mexico