The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the State Department and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jointly held the 24th International Training Course on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities.
The course, which was held at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, provided formal classroom training, hands-on experiments and sub-group exercises to familiarize participants on international legal instruments and IAEA guidance on current physical protection concepts and technology.
The training has been held every 18 months since 1978. The course also enables participants to initiate and operate security programs in their respective countries that are in line with the physical protection requirements established in the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.
“This training strengthens awareness of the need for an integrated system of physical protection of nuclear material and facilities that is effective against theft and sabotage,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. “This course if one of the world’s preeminent courses on physical protection and provides a dynamic environment in which participants can explore the key concepts and practices that form the basis for meeting the highest standards of nuclear security.”
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