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An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research: Fiscal Year 2008 General Assessment of the NIST Center for Neutron Research The NIST Center for Neutron Research is a national user facility whose mission is to ensure the availability of neutron measurement capabilities in order to meet the needs of U.S. researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies. The NCNR continues to provide reliably a high flux of neutrons to an evolving suite of high-quality instruments and sample environments. The array of thermal and cold neutron instruments available at the NCNR enables measurements over a wide range of time, energy, and length scales. These capabilities of the NCNR play a critical role in advancing science and developing new technologies in the United States and enable NIST to fulfill its role of promoting science, standards, technology, and the American Competitiveness Initiative. The new instruments and upgrades associated with the planned facility expansion over the next few years will ensure that the NCNR continues to provide users with access to internationally competitive instruments.