NNSA Continues Emergency Training in Taiwan

Press Release
Dec 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under the auspices of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. (TECRO), the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) conducted an emergency preparedness course in Taiwan Dec. 10-12. The course, Advanced Aerial Radiological Measurements with SPARCS Course (Spectral Advanced Radiological Computer System), focused on advanced techniques for hands-on training in radiological monitoring, as well as instruction in data collection and analysis.

“The training, under the auspices of AIT, is part of NNSA’s continued commitment in assisting the international community to be prepared for a nuclear or radiological emergency," said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “We are pleased to collaborate with first responders from various agencies from Taiwan to enhance technical capabilities to detect and assess radiation and to integrate that information into emergency response actions. We look forward to all future work with Taiwan.”

Under the auspices of AIT and TECRO, more than 32 individuals from The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, the Atomic Energy Council and military participated in the training. Participants received hands-on training in monitoring, data collection and analysis. The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research took the lead with the SPARCS equipment, data and analysis. The Taiwan military was responsible for the helicopter missions and in-air data collection during the training.

The training, under the auspices of AIT, was provided by personnel from NNSA and the Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) from Joint Base Andrews and Nellis Air Force Base, managed by National Security Technologies. The RSL is a national leader in radiological emergency response, nuclear and radiological detection, and related technology and electronics development.

One of NNSA’s primary missions is to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear testing. In addition, NNSA provides the U.S. government’s primary capability for radiological and nuclear emergency response and for providing security to the nation from the threat of nuclear terrorism. With this expertise, NNSA provides nuclear emergency response support to local law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and emergency responders in other countries.

NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations with projects ranging from providing assistance to foreign governments in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities that 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.