For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the initial funding of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) Securing the Cities program to Chicago, further building upon the Department’s ongoing efforts to increase the Nation’s capabilities to detect and protect against radiological and nuclear threats.
“The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s mission is to protect the Nation against the malicious use of nuclear and other radioactive materials,” said DNDO’s Acting Director Dr. Wayne Brasure. “Expanding the Securing the Cities program to Chicago will bring important capabilities to one more of our country’s largest metropolitan areas.”
The Securing the Cities program seeks to reduce the risk of a successful deployment of a radiological or nuclear weapon against major metropolitan areas in the United States. The program assists state and local partner agencies as they build regional capabilities to detect, analyze, and report nuclear and other radioactive materials.
As part of the Securing the Cities program, the Chicago region will receive up to $30 million over five years. The initial funding to Chicago provides $3.5 million to begin the region’s planning and analysis. Future funding will allow DNDO to work with partners in the Chicago area to build a robust, regional nuclear detection capability for law enforcement and first responders. DNDO will also provide equipment and assist regional partners in conducting training and exercises to further their nuclear detection capabilities and coordinate with federal operations. Once funding concludes, DNDO will continue to provide subject matter expertise in the areas of training, exercises, and technical support to ensure the region maintains detection capability.
Initial work in Chicago will begin before the conclusion of the current fiscal year. The program began in 2006 as a pilot project for the New York City/Jersey City/Newark region and expanded to the Los Angeles/Long Beach region in 2012, the National Capital Region in 2014, and the Houston region in 2015. The Department intends to expand the program to additional major metropolitan areas in the coming years.
Once fully implemented, the program’s capabilities will extend to protect nearly 100 million people in the country.
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