U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Director Jim McDonnell, Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Fluty, and Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Acting Under Secretary Bill Bryan address DHS’ work to bolster efforts to counter the threat of terrorist actors using weapons of mass destruction against the Homeland.
(DNDO) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
In May 2018, Mr. James F. McDonnell was appointed by President Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. The mission of the newly-established CWMD Office is to counter attempts by terrorists or other threat actors to carry out an attack against the United States or its interests using a weapon of mass destruction.
The United States and Canada recently held the first joint nuclear forensics exercise between the two countries, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The exercise simulated a nuclear detonation, allowing experts from both countries to improve operational readiness to respond to radiological or nuclear attacks. The advancement of international cooperation in nuclear forensics will help improve the ability of the U.S. and its allies to determine the source of a detonated device.
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) joined with partners at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to launch the Plutonium Processing Signatures Discovery capability. The new capability, the result of a four-year effort, represents a significant technological advancement in nuclear forensics that will improve our ability to trace the origins of plutonium.
The Exploratory Research program explores innovative, high-risk, early-stage technologies, concepts, and ideas that can make transformational contributions in support of radiological and nuclear detection and nuclear forensics capability development efforts.
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.
Nuclear forensics addresses a diverse set of topics related to the collection, analysis, and evaluation of pre-detonation (intact) and post-detonation (exploded) radiological or nuclear materials, devices, and debris, as well as the immediate effects created by a nuclear detonation.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Director Huban Gowadia addresses the President’s FY 2017 budget request for Research and Development under DNDO’s purview, and the process by which DNDO carries out these functions.