NNSA Co-sponsors Research Conference on Nuclear Detonation Detection with US Air Force Research Laboratory

Press Release
Sep 25, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation's foremost nuclear detonation and detection research is being showcased at the 30th annual Monitoring Research Review (MRR), co-sponsored by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), concluding today in Portsmouth, Virginia.

"Technical meetings such as this one are crucial to advancing both national and international methods to detect nuclear detonations," said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation William Tobey.  "Research in this area is another step towards our goal to strengthen nonproliferation efforts worldwide."

The meeting showcasing nuclear detonation detection research also provides opportunities for scientific and programmatic interactions amongst researchers who are funded by NNSA's Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development, AFRL, and other national and international agencies to boost the nation's nuclear detection capabilities.

The research results that were presented at the MRR encompassed all nuclear detonation detection technology fields, including seismic, infrasound, hydroacoustic, and radionuclide.  Advanced data management and systems integration technologies were also discussed at the two-day conference.  All technical papers have been posted to a common website as a resource to the research community.

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 safely, 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 the U.S. and abroad.

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