WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State Customs Service of Ukraine (SCSU) announced today the beginning of the sixth year of export control training for Customs cadets and inspectors at the SCSU’s Customs Academy in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.
To strengthen the ability of inspectors to recognize and interdict illicit transfers of WMD-related materials and equipment, SCSU has integrated Commodity Identification Training (CIT) developed by NNSA into the curriculum at the State Customs Academy.
"NNSA's global efforts to prevent nuclear materials, equipment and technologies from falling into the hands of terrorists and proliferators are critical to implementing President Obama's unprecedented nuclear security agenda," said NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Ken Baker. "Our work with Ukraine on customs identification is a vital element of NNSA's program to enhance global nuclear security."
Ukraine was the first NNSA partner to institutionalize CIT by conducting semester-long courses for fifth year cadets and week-long seminars for current inspectors as part of their mandatory professional development. Both courses are staffed with Ukrainian instructors trained by NNSA. In 2006 SCSU began sharing financial responsibility by covering the transportation and housing costs for the students. NNSA covers the cost of instructor participation.
The WMD CIT curriculum is developed and delivered by NNSA's International Nonproliferation Export Control Program (INECP), which has assisted more than 60 countries to strengthen implementation of WMD-related export controls. CIT emphasizes and enhances Customs officials' recognition of unique markers and "red-flags" for illicit WMD-related items, such as appearance, weight and typical packaging. INECP works with the Department of State's Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS) and has trained more than 12,000 customs and export control officials worldwide since 9/11.
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 in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the 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.