“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
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The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Charles F. McMillan, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).
Arms control policy without technology is impotent. Success requires a symbiotic relationship - technology challenging policy and policy stimulating and motivating technology - not a static system. Using examples from the U.S. nuclear weapons development and arms control verification history, Dr. McMillan will discuss the timing of accessible and useful technology, and the awareness and relationships between the policy-makers and technology developers for impactful and lasting influence on public service goals.
Dr. Charles F. (Charlie) McMillan was appointed the 10th Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory on June 1, 2011. Dr. McMillan has nearly 30 years of scientific and management experience in weapons science and stockpile certification, hands-on experience in both experimental physics and computational science, and demonstrated success at balancing mission performance with security and safety. McMillan also serves as President and CEO of Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the Laboratory’s managing and operating contractor.
Prior to becoming Director, he led the Laboratory’s weapons physics organization from 2006 to 2011. Before joining Los Alamos, McMillan served in a variety of research and management positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
He holds a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics from Washington Adventist University. Dr. McMillan has also been awarded two Department of Energy Awards of Excellence.
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