Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



goodwin2@llnl.gov (925) 422-6141

Dr. Bruce T. Goodwin is the Associate Director at Large for National Security Policy and Research and the Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Previously he was the Principal Associate Director for Weapons and Complex Integration at LLNL (2001–2013). He has been a key contributor to the success of the U.S. nuclear weapons program since 1981, first at Los Alamos National Laboratory and since 1985 at LLNL. He led the process to certify LLNL nuclear weapons and was responsible for establishing priorities, developing strategies, and designing and maintaining LLNL's nuclear weapons. For 12 years, he was responsible for leading the Stockpile Stewardship Program at LLNL and was instrumental in developing the Quantification of Margins and Uncertainties methodology for sustaining the nation's nuclear deterrent without nuclear testing. He also led the development of innovative reuse methods to extend stockpile lifetimes and streamline manufacturing and championed cutting-edge high-performance computing for national security and competitiveness. Goodwin received the Department of Energy's E. O. Lawrence Award for innovative weapons science for demonstrating that plutonium behaves in a fundamentally different way than previously thought, a finding that is now the basis for understanding weapons performance. Goodwin received his doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a recipient of many awards and author of numerous technical and policy papers. As one of the world's leading theoretical experts in plutonium and implosion dynamics, he often presents weapons physics to the community, officials, and members of Congress.


Selected Papers, Presentations, and Publications

"The Supercomputing Race," with Thomas Zacharia, The Washington Post, June 23, 2011.

"Asymmetry and Trust," U.S. Department of State Workshop: Advancing Technology to Support Verification and Monitoring Challenges on the Road to Zero, Washington, D.C., April 2011.

"Setting an Example: Maximum Deterrence, Minimum Stockpile," Wilton Park Conference 944: Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Crossroads, Wiston House, Sussex, UK, December 18, 2008.

"Stewarding a Reduced Stockpile," with Glenn L. Mara, AAAS Technical Issues Workshop, Washington, D.C., April 24, 2008 (LLNL-CONF-403041).

"National Certification Strategy for the Nuclear Weapon Stockpile" (defining document of the Quantification of Margins and Uncertainty Stockpile Stewardship Methodology), with Raymond J. Juzaitis, March 28, 2003.

"Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Experiments Examining Feedthrough Growth in an Incompressible, Convergent Geometry," with S. T. Weir and E. A. Chandler, Physical Review Letters, 80 (17), 3763–3766, 1998 April 27.

"Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Experiments in a Cylindrically Convergent Geometry," with S. Weir, Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Compressible Turbulent Mixing, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1995.

"Boosted Primaries: Mix Sources, Simulations, and Test Results (U)," National Security Science and Technology Review, 94 (2), October 1994 (UCRL 50000-94-2) (SRD).

"Mix in Primaries: Inferences from a Few Salient Nuclear Tests (U)," Defense Research Review, 4 (3), October 1992 (SRD), and Proceedings of the Nuclear Explosives Design Physics Conference, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1991 (SRD).

"COSO BRONZE: Main B Division Experiment (U)," Defense Research Review, 4 (2), July 1992 (SRD), and Proceedings of the Nuclear Explosives Design Physics Conference, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1991 (SRD).

"Initial Neutrino Loss in Neutron Star Formation," The Astrophysical Journal, 261 (1/1), 321–331, 1982 October 1.

"Transport Properties of Degenerate Neutrinos in Dense Matter," with C. J. Pethick, The Astrophysical Journal, 253 (2/1) 816–838, 1982 February 15.