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RBPS 9 - Response

RBPS 9 - Response is the performance standard that addresses emergency response planning and training. The work that high-risk chemical facilities do with first responders and law enforcement to ensure emergency response measures are in place prior to an incident bolsters our nation's security.

Two DNDO members participate in nuclear forensics exercise.

U.S. and Canada Hold First Joint Nuclear Forensics Exercise

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.

Melting Plutonium in front of a Nuclear Symbol.

New Nuclear Forensics Signature Discovery Capability Will Help Trace Origins of Plutonium

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. 

New Award for Nuclear Forensics Research Announced

Last week, DHS announced the new Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA) program. Nuclear forensics helps prevent nuclear smuggling and plays a role in identifying those responsible for an attempted or actual terrorist nuclear attack on the homeland.

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.

Nuclear Forensics Technical Mission Areas

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.

DHS Participates in Exercise Demonstrating New Nuclear Forensics Technology

Recently, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) helped plan and conduct an exercise of the United States’ capability to collect radioactive evidence in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear detonation. The exercise scenario included the detonation of an Improvised Nuclear Device in an urban setting. In a real event, the evidence collected helps identify the source of the device and those responsible for its use.

DNDO Supports the Nuclear Security Summit

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) efforts in nuclear forensics and detection were highlighted at the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. from March 31 to April 1, 2016.  The Nuclear Security Summit has focused international efforts to address nuclear terrorism since it was launched by President Obama in 2010.

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