The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration said today that it was set to install radiation detectors at several border locations in Kyrgyzstan as a deterrent against smuggling of nuclear or radiological materials (see GSN, Oct. 1, 2007).
Officials from the semiautonomous branch of the Energy Department and the Kyrgyzstan State Customs Committee today signed an agreement that allows for deployment of U.S. sensors and communications technology and training of Kyrgyz customs personnel.
"Today's agreement with Kyrgyzstan will help keep nuclear and radiological material out of the hands of terrorists and criminals," NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation William Tobey said in a press release. "NNSA will continue to foster international partnerships to detect, secure and dispose of dangerous nuclear material around the world."
U.S. detection technology has been installed at more than 160 foreign border posts, airports, seaports and other locations under the NNSA Second Line of Defense Program (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release, Aug. 15).