Proliferation Detection and Deterrence Section
Focuses on the R&D for detection of potential proliferation activities associated with the nuclear fuel cycle; forensics and incident response following a nuclear detonation; engineering, testing, and evaluation of systems that support the Intelligence Community (IC) and counterproliferation activities; and implementation of assessments and programs seeking to understand, assess, and/or diminish the attractiveness of special nuclear material (SNM).
- Material Security and Stewardship — Focuses on supporting research, development, and applications related to identifying, minimizing, and/or addressing risks or potential threats associated with production or use of special nuclear material.
- Detonation Forensics and Response — Focuses on nuclear detonation fallout prediction for support of improved capabilities in detonation characterization and forensics and provides enhanced tools to support incident response and consequence management.
- Process and Material Characterization — Applies an interdisciplinary R&D approach to improve detection of nuclear fuel cycle proliferation through enhanced understanding of the impact that process operations and environmental factors may have on collected or measurable indicators.
- Collection Science and Engineering — Focuses on application of scientific and engineering principles to conceptualize, design, fabricate, deploy, analyze, and validate advanced systems for collecting and measuring key indicators of proliferation.
- Advanced Engineering Technologies — Applies engineering principles to design, fabricate, test, and analyze components and component/system performance that inform the intelligence, nonproliferation, and counter-proliferation communities.