WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S., Russian and U.K. officials today concluded a two-day nuclear security best practices workshop to exchange expertise to ensure that there is no possibility such weapons or materials will fall into terrorist hands. The workshop is part of a series held between the U.S. and Russia pursuant to the Bratislava Nuclear Security Initiative.
Representatives from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.K. Ministry of Defense, Russian Ministry of Defense, and Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, exchanged their best practices in material control programs, vulnerability analysis tools, new technologies for nuclear security, and personnel reliability programs. Past workshops have focused on topics such as sustainability, risk management, and self-inspection.
The nuclear security best practices workshops have traditionally brought together senior experts from the NNSA's Office of Domestic Nuclear Safeguards and Security with their Russian counterparts. However, this week's workshop was the first multilateral exchange. In the Bratislava Nuclear Security Initiative, the U.S. and Russia agreed to jointly initiate security best practices consultations with other countries with advanced nuclear programs.
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