Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) hosted its 2nd Annual Industry Day for over 230 attendees from industry, academia, national laboratories and government partner organizations.
During the Industry Day, we highlighted DNDO’s mission to implement domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, and coordinate the development of the global nuclear detection and reporting architecture (GNDA), with partners from federal, state, local, and international governments and the private sector.
We also discussed DNDO’s continued collaboration with the private sector to enhance existing radiation detection devices, and develop new technologies that will meet the needs of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, through programs such as the Commercial First initiative, and the the Graduated Radiation and Nuclear (Rad/Nuc) Detector Evaluation and Reporting (GRaDER®) program. DNDO is facilitating interaction between industry, stakeholders, and researchers to provide faster development and systems, and streamline the Department’s acquisition processes for important security technologies.
DHS officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as interagency, state and local organizations also discussed their operational needs for current and future radiation detection systems in an operational environment.
We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our partners as we develop the GNDA and enhance our nation’s ability to detect, deter and interdict radiological and nuclear material out of regulatory control.