NNSA Hosts Nordic Countries in Aerial Measuring System Technical Exchange Meeting

Press Release
Apr 24, 2013

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Emergency Operations last week hosted a Nordic Aerial Measuring System (AMS) Technical Exchange at its Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) in Las Vegas, Nev.

The technical exchange consisted of sharing information regarding techniques, processes, systems, capabilities and data analysis for aerial measuring. Additionally, AMS capability flights were conducted in the Las Vegas area and at the Nevada National Security Site.

“There is a clear need for countries to maintain effective nuclear and radiological emergency capabilities,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph J. Krol. “NNSA’s aerial measuring systems are an important part of our ability to respond to an emergency, and the sharing and exchange of information and data is critical to ensuring that we and other nations understand each other’s capabilities and programs since multiple countries could be called upon to assist if a nuclear or radiological incident occurs.”

The Nordic AMS Technical Exchange involved 18 representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. A representative from Canada and the International Atomic Energy Agency also participated in the technical exchange.

The exchange was part of NNSA’s ongoing international emergency preparedness and response outreach. NNSA currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations on projects that provide assistance in improving emergency preparedness and response programs, and activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.

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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.