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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 requirement in nonproliferation, arms control verification, nuclear materials safeguards and homeland security is the ability to detect, locate, identify and characterize nuclear, radioactive and chemical materials. BNL has 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.

International Safeguards Project Office (ISPO)

ISPO is responsible for the technical and administrative management of the United States Support Program (USSP) to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards Department. ISPO connects IAEA project managers with domestic contractors that can support technical work in the field of nuclear nonproliferation. ISPO also serves as a link between the IAEA and candidates within the United States who are well qualified to fill important IAEA positions.

Nonproliferation Policy and Implementation Group

This group seeks to support the international safeguards capability of the U.S. government and its objective to strengthen the International Atomic Energy Agency’s safeguards through training in international safeguards and the analysis, formulation and development of safeguards policy and technical analyses.

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.