National Nuclear Security Administration

Nuclear Security Training Center Opens in Kazakhstan

May 15, 2017

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The Republic of Kazakhstan, in cooperation with the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), opened its Nuclear Security Training Center (NSTC) May 12 in Alatau, Kazakhstan.

The training center allows Kazakhstan to train personnel from local, regional, and international nuclear facilities and organizations. It will focus on fundamental and advanced nuclear security topics and provide a venue for discussing best practices.

“This training center demonstrates the Republic of Kazakhstan’s commitment to nuclear security. Further, it highlights how nations working together can enhance nuclear security worldwide,” said David G. Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Kazakhstan announced its intention to establish the NSTC in its national statement at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. NNSA lent its expertise to the design of the center and supported construction of the facility. NNSA continues to collaborate with the NSTC by assisting with management and operations plans and training NSTC staff in curriculum development and delivery.

The NSTC will train nuclear facility personnel in security disciplines, including physical protection systems, nuclear material accounting and control systems, response forces, and secure transportation.

Through its Office of International Nuclear Security, NNSA collaborates worldwide to improve the security of nuclear material.

For a fact sheet on NNSA’s International Nuclear Security Program, click here.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA 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 global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit nnsa.energy.gov for more information.