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Nonproliferation Engineering Science and Technologies 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).

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


Distinguished R&D Staff and Section Head, Proliferation Detection and Deterrence Section
Jennifer Ladd-Lively