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NNSA partners with INTERPOL to enhance global security

Participants from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine attended the INTERPOL Cross Border Radiological and Nuclear Investigations and Coordination workshop in January 2018. (Courtesy of INTERPOL)

NNSA's Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence recently teamed up with INTERPOL to deliver training on investigating suspected acts of terrorism involving radiological and nuclear materials. 

The Cross Border Radiological and Nuclear Investigations and Coordination workshop was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, last month with representatives from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region law enforcement agencies. Workshop discussions helped international partners understand the importance of having clearly identified roles and responsibilities, ready access to accurate information, and investigation management techniques during chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) investigations. 

Participants learned about how widely available CBRNE materials are, their varied uses in medicine and academia, and the threats they pose. By examining several case studies -- including radiological crimes such as the infamous Litvinenko case -- presenters were able to shed light on how these crimes and investigations play out on a global stage.

Participants were asked to evaluate past investigative approaches to smuggled radiological and nuclear materials and discussed potential gaps in those investigations. Participants also worked with experts to evaluate possible solutions to address gaps and enhance investigative capabilities.

Cooperation with organizations like INTERPOL helps NNSA and its partner countries enhance international security efforts to prevent dangerous materials falling into the hands of terrorists.

Participants practice identifying radioactive source material using a Radioisotope Identifier. (Courtesy of INTERPOL)