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Nonproliferation and National Security Department


The Nonproliferation and National Security Department carries out research and development, provides technical support, and builds prototype systems to further U.S. government initiatives and policies in nuclear materials safeguards and security, arms control treaty verification, nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Material Protection Control and Accountability initiatives for nuclear materials in Russia and the NIS, and related national security areas. 

Radiation Detector and Nonproliferation R&D

A major element in nonproliferation, arms control verification, nuclear materials safeguards and homeland security is the ability to detect, identify and measure nuclear, radioactive and chemical materials. BNL has a significant and world-class capability in radiation detection including the design and fabrication of advanced detector systems for scientific R&D and nonproliferation applications that has evolved over more than six decades.

Safeguards Policy and Implementation

This group seeks to support the international safeguards capability of the US government and its objective to strengthen the International Atomic Energy Agency’s safeguards through project management of key US programs, training in international safeguards, and the analysis, formulation and development of safeguards policy and technical analyses. This group brings the NNSD capabilities in international safeguards into one cohesive group.

Nonproliferation and Homeland Security Field Support

This group provides radiological assistance to federal and state agencies under the DOE Radiological Assistance Program, field support for nuclear security programs such as the NNSA Material Protection Control and Accounting Program, technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, and analyses and protection recommendations for events involving radiation dispersal devices.