International Safeguards Project Office
The International Safeguards Project Office (ISPO) is responsible for the day-to-day technical and administrative management of the U.S. Support Program to IAEA Safeguards (USSP). ISPO performs this service at the behest of the Subgroup on Safeguards Technical Support (SSTS).
ISPO is based at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York, and maintains a liaison office in Vienna, Austria, in the IAEA section of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE). The technical management role performed by ISPO involves evaluating the technical feasibility of proposed tasks, offering sound recommendations for an inter-agency review process, and ensuring that products meet the IAEA's stated needs. The administrative management of the program entails tracking schedules and budgets for active tasks, preparing status reports, obtaining proposals from prospective contractors, recruiting for regular staff and cost-free expert positions, and identifying candidates for participation in IAEA Department of Safeguards technical meetings.
The ISPO Brookhaven Office reports to the SSTS and is the primary point of contact for U.S. national laboratories, and contractors. The office is staffed with engineering, scientific, financial and administrative professionals. The office processes requests for work from the IAEA Department of Safeguards which involves obtaining proposals, recruitment of professionals, and making recommendations to the SSTS.
The ISPO Liaison Office provides a mechanism for communication with the IAEA on USSP matters. The office is staffed by one professional, and one subcontractor. The Liaison Officer interacts with IAEA task officers to ensure that they are receiving sufficient information regarding the status of tasks from the U.S. contractors. The Liaison Officer transmits information regarding the status of USSP tasks on a regular basis to the ISPO office at BNL and to the SSTS. The Liaison Officer also discusses preliminary ideas and formal requests for new tasks with IAEA staff.
Nuclear Stability or Instability in the 21st Century: Will U.S.-Soviet Cold War History Repeat for China, India and Pakistan?
In the 484th Brookhaven Lecture, Thomas Graham explains the events that led to policy decisions on nuclear weapons in the mid-20th century. He also discusses how forces that drove the U.S. and former Soviet Union to stockpile large numbers of nuclear warheads are applicable in today's decisions on the size and types of nuclear weapons in arsenals among China, India and Pakistan.
Last Modified: August 29, 2013