January 23, 2004

Protective Force Performance Test Improprieties

On June 26, 2003, a protective force performance test was conducted at the Department of Energy's Y-12 National Security Complex, which is a component of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The purpose of the test was to obtain realistic data for developing the Y-12 Site Safeguards and Security Plan. The mission at the site includes a number of sensitive activities, such as enriched uranium material warehousing, and weapon dismantlement and storage. These activities necessitate that the site have a protective force capable of responding to potential security incidents such as terrorist attack.