WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.K.’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), and Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” met Nov. 5-6 in Lisbon, Portugal, for the Eighth Nuclear Security Best Practices Exchange. The workshop focused on overcoming mutual challenges related to securing nuclear material.
The annual workshops were initiated in 2005 as a result of commitments made by President Bush and President Putin in their Joint Statement on Nuclear Security Cooperation, and which were reaffirmed by President Obama and President Medvedev at a presidential summit in 2009. The U.K. joined as a party to the workshops in 2008 and has since made important contributions.
“We are pleased to continue this critical dialogue concerning nuclear security best practices with our Russian and U.K. partners,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. “These exchanges provide a unique opportunity to learn from each other and it is encouraging to see how the discussions have broadened and deepened over the years. Together, we are advancing the highest standards in nuclear security, which is an integral component of our mutual effort to secure nuclear materials worldwide.”
The exchanges are designed to provide a venue for nuclear security technical experts and high-level policy makers to share best practices in nuclear material security and to discuss related challenges with securing material from protracted theft or seizure. Each country presents on nuclear security best practices and discusses common approaches to security practices.
The workshop brought together security professionals from NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security and NNSA field sites and national laboratories, along with counterparts from the Office of the Director General for Security at Rosatom and the U.K. MoD’s Defence Security Division.
The trilateral workshops are sponsored by NNSA’s International Material Protection and Cooperation (IMPC) program, which partners with the Russian Federation and other countries to strengthen the security of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable nuclear material worldwide.
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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.