The Office of Nuclear Detonation Detection (NDD) develops, demonstrates, and delivers technologies to detect, report, locate, and identify worldwide nuclear detonations.
These efforts are aligned along three functional areas:
- Space-based Detection of Nuclear Detonations: Develops and builds space sensors for the nation’s operational nuclear test treaty monitoring and Integrated Threat Warning/Attack Assessment capabilities.
- Ground-based Detection of Nuclear Detonations: Produces and updates the regional geophysical datasets and analytical understanding to enable operation of the nation’s ground-based nuclear detonation monitoring networks; and provides technical expertise and leadership for development of next-generation seismic and radionuclide nuclear detonation detection technologies.
- Nuclear Forensics: Conducts R&D to advance analytic forensic capabilities related to nuclear detonations to improve the speed, accuracy, reliability, confidence, and specificity of nuclear forensics analysis.
Banner photo: Artist’s conception of a fielded GPS IIF satellite. Source: http://www.losangeles.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/110726-F-GB484-001.jpg