Office of Research and Development, Facilities
The Office of Research and Development manages and oversees the operation of an exceptional suite of science, technology, and engineering facilities that support and further the national stockpile stewardship agenda. Of varying size, scope and capabilities, the facilities work in a concert to accomplish the following activities:
- Annual assessment of the stockpile in the face of increasing challenges due to aging or remanufacture,
- Reduced response times for resolving stockpile issues,
- Timely and certifiable completion of Life Extension Programs,
- Future physics design and certification capability as required to anticipate and respond to technological changes, and
- Recruitment, training and retention of technical and design staff that can support the stockpile into the future.
Some of the Office of Research and Development’s preeminent, world class facilities, some of which are shared with the Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion, are listed below. Select the link to learn more about that facility.
- Contained Firing Facility (CFF), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
- Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) Facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
- High Explosives Application Facility (HEAF), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
- Joint Actinide Shock Physics Experimental Research (JASPER), Nevada National Security Site 
- Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), Los Alamos National Laboratory 
- OMEGA and OMEGA EP, University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics 
- National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
- Underground Facility U1a, Nevada National Security Site 
- Z Machine, Sandia National Laboratories 
Banner photo: DARHT's Accelerators help create the x-rays at DARHT, the world's most advanced radiography facility.