US, Russia Partner to Complete Krasnoyarsk Regional Training Center, Reaffirm Commitment to Secure Nuclear Materials

Press Release
Oct 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense (RF MOD) today announced the commissioning of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Training Center (KRTC) near Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The KRTC will provide training for personnel who maintain or operate security systems at RF MOD nuclear sites.

The KRTC is part of a national network of regional training and technical centers, and is the third and final training center completed and commissioned through cooperation between NNSA and RF MOD. Completion of this training center strengthens the infrastructure to maintain previously upgraded security systems at Russian Federation nuclear sites.  

“The ongoing partnership between the United States and the Russian Federation has produced tangible results towards the joint commitment to secure nuclear weapons and weapons-useable nuclear materials,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. “The completion of these regional training centers represents a significant milestone in the cooperative development of an even stronger nuclear material security infrastructure in Russia.”

NNSA’s work at the KRTC is carried out by NNSA’s Office of International Material Protection and Cooperation (IMPC), which partners with Russia and other countries to secure and reduce weapons-usable nuclear material and to prevent the illicit transfer of nuclear materials. Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided crucial technical support to the development of KRTC.

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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, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear 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.