NNSA, FBI Train Slovak Officials to Detect and Interdict Nuclear Trafficking


On 17 February 2010, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate announced the successful conclusion of a training course aimed at thwarting nuclear smuggling and preventing the illicit movement of nuclear and radioactive materials. The course was attended by representatives of relevant Slovakian ministries and agencies. The training curriculum, designed around the use of stationary and mobile radiation detection equipment, incorporates  radiation detection and law enforcement aspects of interdicting illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials. The course involved in-class lessons and practical exercises. Under a 2006 Memorandum of Understanding, the NNSA’s Second Line of Defense program (SLD) has provided the Slovak Customs Directorate with fixed, mobile, and handheld radiation detection equipment, related communications equipment, and training at five border crossings.

Abstract Number: 20101033
Headline: NNSA, FBI Train Slovak Officials to Detect and Interdict Nuclear Trafficking
Date: 6 February 2010
Bibliography: "NNSA and FBI Strengthen Partnership with Slovakia to Prevent Illicit Movement of WMD Materials," National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), 6 February 2010, www.nnsa.energy.gov
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April 24, 2012

This article is part of a collection examining reported incidents of nuclear or radioactive materials trafficking in or originating from the Newly Independent States.

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