Collaboration between federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and public safety entities is crucial to the government’s layered approach to security.
The SAFE Port Act of 2006 directs the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to publish technical capability standards for radiation detection and non-intrusive imaging systems. Technical capability standards supplement American National Standards Institute
HSAAC Member Briefing Materials for the March 20th, 2013 HSAAC meeting
DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is developing breakthrough technologies that will have a dramatic impact on capabilities to detect nuclear threats through an aggressive and expedited research and development (R&D) program.
The field of nuclear forensics involves examining materials recovered from radiological or nuclear events of an illicit or hostile nature. Nuclear forensics collects, analyzes, and evaluates intact and exploded radiological or nuclear materials, devices and debris, as well as the immediate effects created by a nuclear detonation.
Technology alone will not prevent an act of nuclear terrorism, and success in the nuclear security mission requires more than the deployment of new technologies and equipment. It also requires the integration of programs, organizations, training, exercises and operational support across many layers of jurisdiction, including international, federal, state, local, tribal and territorial.
The transit and border layer (Trans-Border) is composed of transit to the U.S. from a foreign port of departure or non-port of departure, as well as passing through the U.S. border prior to entering the U.S. interior. This represents the last opportunity to detect radiological or nuclear materials prior to their arrival onto U.S. territory, and initiatives in this layer emphasize maritime domain awareness related to preventive radiological/nuclear detection.