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Clarinet Subcritical Test - Timeline

February 9, 1999
The sixth U.S. subcritical nuclear weapons test, Clarinet , is conducted at the Nevada Test Site. 

February 26
Hearing of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate Testimony by Bruce Tarter (Director LLNL)

March 4
Hearing of the Subcommittee on Military Procurement Committee on National Security, U.S. House of Representatives

Testimony by Bruce Tarter (Director LLNL) At the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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members of the Senate's Armed Services Strategic Subcommittee take testimony from DOE Assistant Secretary of Defense Programs Vic Reis, the directors of DOE's three national security laboratories, and the managers of the four DOE plants on the success of the Stockpile Stewardship Program. At the hearing, Senator Robert Smith, the subcommittee chair, and Senator Mary Landrieu, the ranking minority member, questioned Reis and the laboratory managers on whether they believed the Stockpile Stewardship Program would work well enough to merit ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. In written testimony, Livermore Director Bruce Tarter reported that stockpile stewardship in the absence of nuclear testing is working and that there is optimism that the program's long-term goals are achievable, given sustained support. Tarter, like Reis and the other DOE laboratory and plant managers, urged strong support of the fiscal year 2000 budget submission for DOE Defense Programs. Tarter detailed Lawrence Livermore's own involvement in maintaining a safe and reliable stockpile and provided updates on the National Ignition Facility and Livermore's role in the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative.

May 5
Hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Testimony by Bruce Tarter (Director LLNL)

July 14
Hearing of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Testimony by Bruce Tarter (Director LLNL)

July 20
Hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Testimony by Bruce Tarter (Director LLNL)