National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA hosts nuclear security exercise in Tajikistan

June 26, 2018

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Exercise participants outline their plan and discuss their strategy with tools provided during the NNSA NSDD workshop in Tajikistan.
Exercise participants outline their plan and discuss their strategy with tools provided during the workshop
Participants strategize on best course of action in response to a simulated scenario related to nuclear material smuggling at the NNSA/NSDD workshop in Tajikistan.
Participants strategize on best course of action in response to a simulated scenario related to nuclear material smuggling.

NNSA’s Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence program works closely with international partners to train and equip experts with strategies to prevent the smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials.

As part of this effort, NNSA joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) for a tabletop exercise on preventing nuclear smuggling with Central Asian countries in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in April. 

Due to evolving international security challenges, Central Asian countries are critical partners in NNSA’s global nuclear security efforts. Participants are able to build relationships necessary to work collectively and effectively to counter nuclear smuggling.

The exercise brought together law enforcement, customs officials, and technical experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. During the workshop, participants discussed how they would respond to and coordinate their agencies’ roles using a simulated nuclear smuggling scenario as an example. 

The gathering created opportunities for participants to share best practices and identify ways to improve communication between law enforcement organizations within the Central Asian region. 

The National Nuclear Security Administration is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction.