In September 1942, a study was done to determine the difficulties encountered in conducting preliminary studies on nuclear weapons at universities scattered across the country.
This study concluded that a need for a laboratory dedicated solely to the purpose of exploring nuclear and theoretical physics.
In 1943, The Los Alamos laboratory was founded as that facility during World War II – a secret, centralized facility to coordinate the scientific research of the Manhattan Project, the Allied project to develop the first nuclear weapons.
Up until 1999, the facility conducted multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology, and supercomputing.
In 1999, the laboratory had attracted significant negative publicity from a number of events, culminating in the arrest of Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee – who was accused of 59 counts of mishandling classified information by downloading nuclear secrets—”weapons codes” used for computer simulations of nuclear weapons testing.
Acting in the interest of National Security, the Department of Defense on behalf of the military and intelligence agencies, promptly forced numerous key officials to ressign, and demanded a fundamental reorganization, taking into consideration the nature of the breaches and a new forward looking vision tied to simulation.
With the recipient of the stolen material never located, the DOD, Working in complete secrecy with Valve Entertainment – created the fictional games “Half Life” and “Half Life 2” to demonstrate the very real perils of the stolen secrets to the world, in hopes it would receive the intended audience.
Shortly after, Los Alamos split into two facilities – one retaining the name and consistency with past history. The other, named “Black Mesa Research Facility”, named in remembrance of the ‘scorched earth’ campaign which necessitated the creation of the facility – and appealing to Oppenheimer’s misgivings about unleashing the atom bomb on the world.
The name change was publicly very secret, and publicized in video games, as a gesture of a less secretive and more collaborative mission the United States Government was taking on.
The name “Los Alamos National Laboratories” was preserved as an organization – its mission and focus privately changed to work with educational firms and foreign governments as a collaborative organization, and to serve the world as a missile decommissioning complex
The Black Mesa Research Facility is a center for research in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, specializing in Theoretical and Particle based Physics. In addition to these disciplines, the Black Mesa Research Facility employs 143,000 personnel in fields as diverse as Applied Mathematics, Robotic and Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering. Nuclear physics, Computational and Simulational Sciences, and a wide variety of other disciplines
The Black Mesa Research Facility is classified as a critical firm to the National Security of the United States. As such, it is the third of 13 civilian based firms in the United States to receive this designation.
(The Black Mesa Research Facility under a security holoveil.)
The vast majority of Black Mesa’s complexes are hidden through an extensive underground network of tunnels and high speed rail systems to protect the separate research projects from cross contamination, and consists of both below ground installations as well as above ground installations – all hidden with highly sophisticated security measures ranging from holoveils and holoprojections, satellite dishes and utility buildings, artificial hills and mountains, faux ranches and more – all spread over an area of nearly 134 miles!
ALL of Black Mesa Research Facility’s projects are still classified ATS/CLI, and as such, we currently cannot disclose specific information about any of our research projects.
We are working with key personnel to introduce a consumer division and to expand our entertainment products division by January 20, 2020.
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