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Core Program

The Second Line of Defense (SLD) Core Program installs radiation detection equipment at borders, airports, and strategic feeder ports in Russia, former Soviet Union states, and other key countries.

The Second Line of Defense (SLD) Core Program installs radiation detection equipment at borders, airports, and strategic feeder ports in Russia, former Soviet Union states, and other key countries. Approximately 450 sites have been identified to receive detection equipment installations under the Core Program.  The SLD Core program provides fixed and handheld radiation detection equipment, related communications tools, and training for personnel to enhance sustainability of equipment use and interdiction procedures at borders and crossing points.

Working with the Russian Customs Service, the SLD Core Program will equip all 350 Russian border crossings with radiation detection equipment by the end of 2011.  Cost for this effort will be split approximately evenly between NNSA and the Federal Customs Service of Russia.

The SLD Core Program has initiated the installation of radiation detection systems and associated training in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Slovakia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Estonia, and Armenia.

The SLD Core program is also involved in maintaining radiation detection equipment throughout the world to help mitigate the risk of nuclear proliferation and terrorism. The SLD Program is enhancing the sustainability of radiation detection equipment installed by the U.S. government in more than 20 countries in the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Mediterranean through regular repair and preventative maintenance.  Efforts are underway to upgrade and, where necessary, expand the detection capabilities in the many of these countries.