LAS VEGAS – Representatives from 11 countries and Taiwan came together recently at the Nevada National Security Site to participate in a workshop on nuclear security best practices organized by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS).
This workshop, building on NNSA’s continuing collaboration with WINS, focused on best security practices for nuclear power plants and other major nuclear facilities. Workshop topics were of benefit to on-site security officers as well as off-site tactical response forces, helping ensure comprehensive protection for nuclear and radiological materials.
“This is a great opportunity for all of the countries represented at the workshop to exchange best practices for securing nuclear facilities, assess preparedness and identify areas for improvement,” said NNSA Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security Michael Lempke. “This collaboration enhances NNSA’s critical mission to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear deterrent, while securing vulnerable nuclear material around the world and strengthening nuclear nonproliferation.”
This workshop, the second joint NNSA-WINS workshop held in the United States, provided participants with the opportunity to observe a security exercise and to discuss how such programs may be used to test nuclear security systems, evaluate and improve performance and ensure quality. Participants identified and shared experiences and lessons learned from experts around the world for planning, supporting and delivering effective security exercises.
“Building on the success of last year’s workshop, we are very pleased to be working with WINS again this year to leverage NNSA’s extensive work with international partners to improve the effectiveness of security response forces,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. “We believe that sharing security exercise best practices will expand the ability of countries 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.”
Representatives at the workshop were from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, The Netherlands, 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.