National Security


Secure Facilities and Capabilities

Multipurpose Research Facility (MRF)

Increasing ORNL’s capability to execute Global Security S&T Projects


Responding to new international realities, the national laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are being harnessed in the effort to deliver the science and technology (S&T) required to protect homeland and national security interests worldwide. The challenge is to maximize the potential of DOE’s S&T base by leveraging and exploiting its intellectual capital in critical national security, non-proliferation, and homeland protection projects and programs – all assigned DOE missions. 

The DOE complex has established a state-of-the-art, large scale, secure S&T facility that provides the appropriate infrastructure and environment to both integrate and consolidate multi-disciplinary scientific capabilities for defense and homeland security activities.  The Multiprogram Research Facility (MRF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) became operational in 2007 and was renovated in 2011 to support additional classified computing. It provides facilities for research and development activities across a myriad of technology areas; this effort also supports projects of the Department of Energy ‘Work for Others’ program.  Some characteristics of this 214,000 sq ft facility are:

  • More than seventy-five percent of the MRF is secure space, all levels of classification can be accommodated
  • Inclusion of a secure fabrication facility which enables ORNL to conceive, develop, and construct one-of-a-kind and prototype components
  • ORNL's world-class computing capabilities, combined with this facility’s access to reliable power, secure networks and communications, offers unique problem-solving opportunities
  • Staff and systems from other federal agencies can be supported at the MRF as well as participate in synergistic collaboration opportunities with ORNL’s S&T community
  • The MRF auditorium seats 299 and is one of the largest secure conference facilities outside of the Washington, DC area

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