CREATORNational Academy of Sciences
TITLENuclear Forensics: A Capability at Risk (Abbreviated Version)
DATE ACCESSED13 September 2017

This online publication is the abbreviated version of the U.S. National Academies 2010 report on sustaining and improving the nation’s nuclear forensics capabilities. It assesses the nation’s ability to examine and evaluate interdicted nuclear materials, devices, or debris from nuclear explosions or radiological dispersion devices. Separate sections focus on the following major areas of concern: organization, sustainability, workforce and infrastructure, and procedures and tools. In addition to reviewing the current (2010) status in each area, the report provides specific recommendations for the various agencies and individuals involved in maintaining nuclear forensics capabilities in the U.S., including the national laboratories, the nuclear forensics community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the President and State Department. The conclusion stresses the importance of nuclear forensics to national security and nonproliferation efforts. The document is available for purchase as an eBook, or as a PDF with a subscription to the site.

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