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Creating the Laboratory's Future describes
Livermore's roles and responsibilities as a
Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory
and sets the foundation for decisions about the
Laboratory's programs and operations. It summa-
rizes Livermore's near-term strategy, which builds
on recent Lab achievements and world events
affecting our future. It also discusses our pro-
grammatic and operational emphases and high-
lights program areas that we believe can grow
through application of Lab science and technol-
ogy. Creating the Laboratory's Future reflects our
very strong focus on national security, important
changes in the character of our national security
work, major efforts under way to overhaul our
administrative and operational systems, and the
continuing challenge of achieving national
consensus on the role of the government in
energy, environment, and the biosciences.
Since we prepared Framing the Laboratory's
Future in June 1994, significant events have
reaffirmed and further clarified Livermore's
important national security responsibilities.
Livermore is a crucial element in an integrated
national program to maintain confidence in the
safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile
in the absence of nuclear testing. As we move
from the weapon-development paradigm of the
Cold War (design, test, and build) to a weapon-
assurance paradigm (stockpile surveillance,
assessment, and remanufacture), we must greatly
increase our reliance on understanding the
underlying science and technology of nuclear
weapons performance. To meet Livermore's
responsibilities for the nuclear weapons stockpile,
The Beamlet laser (cover) is
a scientific prototype for
one of the 192 beamlines of
the National Ignition
Facility (left), a key element
in the nation's program to
ensure the safety and
reliability of the U.S.
nuclear weapons stockpile.
The National Ignition
Facility is being constructed
at the Livermore site.
C. Bruce Tarter
the Lab is acquiring new tools-advanced
supercomputers as part of the Accelerated Strate-
gic Computing Initiative, the National Ignition
Facility for laboratory thermonuclear physics
experiments, and improved diagnostic capabilities
for enhanced surveillance of the stockpile.
Livermore is also supporting the DOE and other
U.S. government agencies in activities to halt the
spread and prevent the use of weapons of mass
destruction. Science and technology are also key to
these efforts; the invention and application of
technology defines the limits of what is possible in
terms of actions, policies, and treaties.
In Creating the Laboratory's Future, we discuss
how our national security capabilities and our
internal investments will provide a strong infra-
structure and workforce for the Laboratory and a
valuable national resource of science and technol-
ogy. We are applying this resource to projects that
clearly meet long-term national needs and require
the approach and capabilities of a national labora-
tory. For example, the stewardship of nuclear
materials involves nonproliferation, environmental
clean-up and waste management, and civilian
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Creating the laboratory`s future; A strategy for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, report, September 1, 1997; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc712323/m1/3/: accessed January 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.