Program Manager for DoD Programs
NIF & Photon Science
Dr. Michael Carter, program manager for DoD Programs, serves as a member of the senior leadership staff in the NIF and Photon Science Directorate. He has 25 years of experience developing technology solutions for the national security needs of the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Intelligence Community.
Dr. Carter joined LLNL as a graduate student in 1981 working in the Magnetic Fusion program. He has worked as an experimentalist in the Nuclear Test Program, conducted pioneering research on x-ray lasers at the Nova laser facility, and developed innovative passive and laser-based remote sensing methods as well as large-area, persistent surveillance systems for DoD and the Intelligence Community.
In 2002, Dr. Carter served as a technical advisor to the White House in the establishment of DHS. He then became the first director for Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasures in DHS and then deputy director for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. He has served as the deputy principal associate director for the Global Security Directorate at LLNL and as the program director for counterterrorism programs.
Dr. Carter has received a Bronze Medal for Meritorious Service and a Team Award from the National Reconnaissance Office, as well as a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation from the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.