Effective nuclear security around the world requires a culture of information sharing, good practices, and cooperation. That’s why NNSA’s Office of Global Material Security works closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and member states to establish and support Nuclear Security Support Centers (NSSCs).
NSSCs serve to develop a network of experts capable of providing technical support for the prevention, detection, and response to nuclear and radiological security events.
The International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centers, known as the NSSC Network, facilitates cooperation among the centers.
Recently, the NSSC Network met in Tokai, Japan, to bring together IAEA member states that have established or are planning to establish an NSSC so that participants could discuss key technical themes relevant to developing and operating a center.
The centers are nuclear security information hubs. Each can run training programs tailored to the host country’s needs, provide technical support for managing equipment through its lifecycle, and connect people and organizations.
The meeting was hosted by the Government of Japan through the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and its NSSC, the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security.
Participants visited the Japanese NSSC facilities to learn from their experiences, as well as share good practices, and lessons learned in establishing and operating the center.