WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today concluded the annual University Industry Technical Interchange, a workshop that brings together federal agencies, national laboratories, university researchers and small businesses to improve the nation’s capabilities to detect and deter nuclear proliferation activities around the world.
The three day workshop, held at the University of Tennessee included NNSA funded researchers from more than 40 universities and more than 20 small businesses working on radiation detection, advanced detector materials, remote sensing, nuclear safeguards, and simulations, algorithms, and modeling.
“This workshop provided an excellent opportunity to promote collaboration between the federal government, our national laboratories, our nation’s leading universities, and the small business community as we work together to enhance U.S. nuclear nonproliferation tools and technologies,” said Anne Harrington, NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “Promoting strong science and investing in research and development is critical to our work countering proliferation and supporting President Obama’s broader nuclear security agenda.”
The annual University Industry Technical Interchange included more than 250 participants with representatives from multiple U.S. government agencies involved in nuclear nonproliferation. Attendees included representatives from 12 Department of Energy national laboratories, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of State, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The more than 20 small businesses come from more than 15 states and combined received more than $6 million in research funding in FY2010.
Sponsored by NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and Verification Research and Development, this annual workshop provides a venue to support the transition or integration of research outcomes to assist federal agencies in their work to counter nuclear proliferation.
NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and Verification Research and Development works to reduce the threat to national security posed by nuclear weapons materials and technology proliferation through basic and applied research and development of new nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism technologies. Using the unique facilities and scientific skills of NNSA and Department of Energy national laboratories, and in partnership with industry and academia, NNSA’s research and development program efforts provide the technical base to meet the agency’s nonproliferation responsibilities.
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.