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United States, Russia Federation, and United Kingdom Hold Nuclear Security Best Practices Workshop

November 03, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives of the
National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA),   the
United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and Russia’s State Atomic Energy
Corporation “Rosatom” met this week in Copenhagen, Denmark for their Sixth
Annual Nuclear Security Best Practices Exchange.  The two day workshop focused on nuclear
security with a particular emphasis on managing and securing nuclear materials. 

NNSA’s Material Protection, Control and
Accounting (MPC&A) program, implemented under the MPC&A Agreement
between the Governments of the Russian Federation and the United States and signed
on October 2, 1999, sponsors the exchanges, which are designed to bring together
technical experts in nuclear material security with high-level policy makers to
improve mutual understanding of the challenges each country faces in nonproliferation.
Workshop participants focused on access controls systems, mitigating insider
threats, conducting vulnerability assessments, and cyber security at nuclear
material facilities. Douglas Fremont, Chief, Defense Nuclear Security, NNSA,
participated in this trilateral meeting along with counterparts Yevgeniy
Sofyin, Deputy Director General for Security Issues at “ROSATOM”, and David
Reynolds, Head of Defence Security of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. 

“These meetings present the opportunity for
three nations to share creative solutions to the common challenges we face in
maintaining global nuclear security,” said Anne Harrington, Principal Deputy
Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “They provide us with an
opportunity to work collaboratively to improve nuclear security, and are an
important part of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.”

NNSA’s MPC&A program works in several countries to
secure weapons-usable material.  By
securing materials at their source, the MPC&A program strengthens the first
line of defense against nuclear theft and terrorism.  For more information on NNSA’s MPC&A program,
click here.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is
a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for
enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear
science.  NNSA maintains and enhances the
safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons
stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons
of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear
propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S.
and abroad.  Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more
information.