Abstract. In preparation for ignition on the National Ignition Facility, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Inertial Confinement Fusion Program, working in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, General Atomics, Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique (CEA), and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, is conducting research in a broad range of areas, including: experiments on the Omega laser to develop improved experimental methods for ignition, refinements of ignition target designs, fabrication of target components, and studies of cryogenic targets required for ignition. Our recent work has been focused in the areas of hohlraum energetics, symmetry, shock physics, target design optimization, and fabrication. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-48, and Los Alamos National Laboratory under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-36.