Research and Development

The mission of the Office of Research and Development (R&D) is to support U.S. national and nuclear security objectives in reducing global nuclear security threats through the innovation of unilateral and multi-lateral technical capabilities to detect, identify, and characterize: 1) foreign nuclear weapons programs, 2) illicit diversion of special nuclear materials, and 3) global nuclear detonations.

R&D is organized into two offices:

Proliferation Detection develops technologies to detect foreign nuclear weapons development activities; to support nuclear arms control treaties verification and monitoring for compliance; and to support national nuclear security more broadly

Nuclear Detonation Detection develops, demonstrates, and delivers advanced technologies and systems to operational monitoring agencies to fulfill U.S. requirements and policies to detect, identify, and precisely locate nuclear explosions.