TOOLS OF THE TRADE: INTERACTIVE TECH FAIR ON NUCLEAR DETECTION & RESPONSE
Friday, October 12th – Partnership for a Secure America, the Arms Control Association, Hudson Institute, and the National Nuclear Security Administration hosted the second event of the Nuclear Security Forum. This workshop explored U.S. government capabilities for preventing, detecting, and responding to nuclear and radiological terrorism threats. Attendees had the opportunity to engage directly with NNSA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation and participate in live demonstrations of radiation detection equipment used in field operations. Each stage of this interactive tech fair invited participants to explore tools of the trade with specialized equipment and NNSA experts.
Former National Security Advisor, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and 32nd Marine Corps Commandant General (Ret.) James L. Jones delivered keynote remarks, taking the opportunity to highlight the seriousness of the nuclear terrorism threat.
“As certain as we can be about the intent of attack using nuclear or radiological material, we can be equally sure of the growing capability and opportunity. Consider the secrets and instructions that populate the dark web capable of putting tremendous destructive power, or at least the power to frighten, in the hands of small groups or individuals. Moreover, the world will likely never know a shortage of malign actors—the likes of A.Q. Khan looking to trade state-developed WMD for material riches or of rogue states looking to overturn the global order by providing greater destructive powers to their proxies.”
Associate Administrator and Deputy Undersecretary for Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation Jay Tilden described the capabilities of the National Nuclear Security Administration in detecting, preventing, and responding to nuclear terrorism – and spoke to the agency’s focus:
“Removing these materials from the terrorist reach remains the primary objective of our multi-layered approach.”