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NIF was dedicated on May 28, 2009, at LLNL. Its goal is to provide a thorough scientific understanding of the behavior of materials during conditions similar to those in a nuclear explosion, and to carry out both ignition and weapons physics experiments to study dynamic phenomena that occur during such explosions. S. ability to study such phenomena. The early experiments since the NIF dedication have demonstrated that the facility is operating well. 8 MJ, or 3 MJ of green light), with many of the issues important for ignition already being tested.

During the past several years major 13 For White House commitments to maintain adequate surveillance funding; see Public Law 111-84 Update, p. 3. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Technical Issues for the United States Safety, Security and Reliability 23 advances have been made in these facilities, and they have become integral parts of the present and future stewardship program. These include: • • 14 National Ignition Facility (NIF).

Replacement of non-nuclear components has always been an option. S. stockpile. To sustain a technically competent, motivated and capable workforce, the weapons laboratories will need to employ some degree of innovation, for example by developing a work structure that draws from a broader base of nuclear-capable personnel to work on more diverse national security projects. To be successful, such activities must be encouraged and supported by NNSA and laboratory management as well as Congress and the Administration.

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