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NNSA and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade team up to build Abramovo Counterterrorism Training Center in Russia

Abstract:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to support the creation of a new counterterrorism center in Abramovo, the Russian Federation. The Abramovo Counterterrorism Training Center (ACTC) will be used by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MOD) for “train[ing] personnel for Russia’s nuclear sites in security tactics and measures” in order “to assure a new level of nuclear material protection against terrorist threats.”[1]

The project carried out under the MOU will include the construction of the center, the procurement of the equipment for the ACTC, as well as renovations of existing facilities, and other infrastructure enhancements. The central piece of the ACTC will be the so-called Autodrome, a closed circuit which will allow the staging of real life nuclear and radiological transport threat scenarios that will challenge the MOD personnel response. The center will provide training for the Navy, Strategic Rocket Forces, and the 12th Main Directorate Staff in secure storage and transport of nuclear weapons as well as counter-terrorism.[1,2]

Abstract Number:  20110010
Headline:  NNSA and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to build Abramovo Counterterrorism Training Center in Russia
Date:  14 January 2011

Sources:

[1] “NNSA Partners with Canada, Russia to Build Counterterrorism Training Center for the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense,” NNSA press release, 14 January 2011, http://nnsa.energy.gov.
[2] "Yadernye obyekt proidut perezagruzku [Nuclear Facilities Will be Reset]," Kommersant, 19 January 2011, http://www.kommersant/ru.

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