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testing. Examples include reconstitution of big hole caliper logging; reconstitute wire rope pull test facility and test/certify wire rope (used in device emplacement); upgrade Las Vegas Valley seismic monitoring; reconstitute slant hole drilling and conduct drill-back nuclear chemistry exercise; conduct nuclear diagnostics training; and update design and fabrication plans for device racks/canisters.
QUESTIONS SUBMITTED BY MR. KIRK Mr. KIRK. In your prepared statement, you mention that our allies face similar problems of stockpile reliabilities, performance and security. Yet, you do not specify detailed problems that these nations encounter, specifically Britain and France. Would you please provide a summary of how these two nations are addressing these issues?
General GORDON. Our allies, specifically the United Kingdom and France, are faced with stockpile issues like those in the United States. They also must confirm the reliability, performance and safety of their nuclear weapons without nuclear testing. Thus, they have research and experimental programs that are similar to ours. They are doing extensive research and experimental programs that are similar to ours. They are doing extensive research and experiments to improve their understanding of aging materials, building and using advanced radiographic and laser experimental facilities to study weapon hydrodynamics and high-energy-density physics, and developing weapons simulation capabilities on advanced computers. In the high-energy-density physics area, the French already have an eight-beam laser facility in operation and are planning a major laser facility (Laser Megajoule or LMJ) which will be comparable to our National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Mr. KIRK. When we look at the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP), and what the capability it can provide. In 1986 we went after Libya’s Rabta facility. A great many of STRATCOM's personnel are familiar with it as being Libya's high command for chemical and biological weapons. After the strike there, the Libyan significantly hardened the site. Would there be a way for you to report to the committee in classified form whether conventional munitions could take out Rabta at this point? Can you provide a classified list of other nations that have hard targets similar to this?
Admiral BYRD. (The information referred to is classified.)
Mr. KIRK. Can you provide a list of hard targets that you are aware of, specifically in areas related to the axis-of-evil? Also, can you specify the munitions that are believed to be held in these targets?
Admiral BYRD. [The information referred to is classified.)