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Written testimony of DNDO for a joint House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation and House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border & Maritime Security hearing titled “Prevention of Smuggling at U.S. Ports”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Acting Director Dr. Wayne Brasure addresses DNDO’s efforts to prevent the smuggling of nuclear or other radioactive materials via the Nation’s maritime ports.

Exercise Demonstrates Preparedness of United States Government Nuclear Forensics Capability

Members of the task force boarding the SS Cape Isabel to collect simulated nuclear detonation debris samples for nuclear forensic analysis. (Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigations)This week the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) participated in a successful land-based and maritime exercise of the National Technical Nuclear Forensics Ground Collections Task Force, whose mission is to collect vital forensic evidence in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear detonation to assist in determining the responsible entity.  The task force, comprised of members from the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DOE), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), collects debris samples near the site of the detonation for analysis at designated laboratories.

DHS Participates in Exercise in Morocco to Build International Capabilities to Prevent Radiological Terrorism

From February 17-19, 2015, members of DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office joined a U.S. delegation, led by the State Department, to participate in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) Implementation and Assessment Group’s Mid-Year Meeting in Rabat, Morocco.  DNDO provided subject matter expertise for this event and played a key role in the planning and facilitation of Atlas Lion, the featured table-top exercise in which the 139 attendees from 30 countries and three official observer organizations participated. 

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