National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA leads global effort to sharpen skills in nuclear material inspections

April 19, 2017

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A member of the Kazakh Border Guard Service demonstrates use of a portable Radioisotope Identification Device (RIID) to search someone in possession of nuclear or radiological material.

NNSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation coordinated an Advanced Radiation Detection and Investigative Techniques (ARDIT) training in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in March.

Kazakh participants search a vehicle for nuclear and radioactive materials using a portable Radioisotope Identification Device (RIID) provided by NNSA. “This training develops participants’ ability to safely and effectively detect and investigate the illicit movement of nuclear and radioactive material” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation.

The event combined formal lectures with hands-on activities where the 35 participants tested their skills in response to a simulated nuclear smuggling event.

Participants from Kazakhstan’s Border Guard, Committee for National Security, Ministry of Emergency Situations, and Institute of Nuclear Physics took part in the training.

Kazakh participants execute a mock checkpoint for a special event to search for nuclear and radioactive materials utilizing a mobile detection van and handheld radiation detection equipment provided by NNSA.