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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Deputy Commandant for Operations Policy & Capabilities Rear Admiral Linda Fagan addresses layered border security and smuggling in U.S. 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.
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.
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.