OAK RIDGE, TENN. – This week, more than 20 countries are represented at the first-ever workshop conducted in the United States at the Y-12 National Security Complex for the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS). The workshop is jointly sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
This workshop, which demonstrates NNSA’s continued nuclear collaboration work with DoD, focuses on best security practices for nuclear power plants and other major nuclear facilities. Workshop topics have relevance to all on-site security officers and off-site tactical response forces that are responsible for protecting nuclear and radiological materials.
“This is a great opportunity for all countries represented at the workshop to exchange best practices for securing nuclear facilities, to assess preparedness, and to identify areas for improvement,” said Douglas Fremont, NNSA’s Chief of Defense Nuclear Security. “The workshop also enhances NNSA’s critical mission in ensuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear deterrent, in addition to securing vulnerable nuclear material around the world and strengthening nuclear nonproliferation.”
The workshop provides participants with the opportunity to review and discuss how to develop an effective security exercise program that evaluates and improves performance, ensures quality, and tests nuclear security systems. Using best practices compiled from experts around the world, the workshop will seek to identify and share experiences and lessons learned by those involved in supporting, planning, and delivering effective security exercises.
The workshop will also allow participants to view a validation force-on-force exercise and discuss the use of advanced tools and simulators for the preparation of security exercises. In addition, participants will focus on designing and implementing national exercises integrating safety and security components.
“This WINS workshop will build on DOE/NNSA’s extensive work with international partners to improve the effectiveness of security response forces,” said Anne Harrington, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “We believe the sharing of best practices for security exercises will expand the ability of nuclear facilities worldwide to develop and implement nuclear security programs that include practical exercises to evaluate the effectiveness of security response forces and help to mitigate security-related threats.”
Countries represented at the workshop include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
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.