Nuclear Smuggling Detection: Recent Tests of Advanced Spectroscopic Portal Monitors, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, March 5, 2008   [open pdf - 695KB]

From the opening statement of James R. Langevin: "The subcommittee is meeting today to receive testimony on two recent reports: The Independent Review Panel Report and DNDO's Phase III Test Report which details a test of advanced spectroscopic portal monitors. Before I go into the hearing itself and start with my opening statement, we are expecting votes around 2:15, unfortunately. It is my intention to try to get as far through the opening statements as possible; then we will recess for what is I understand one vote. Then we will come back and continue with statements if necessary, and then go into questions. Good afternoon. I want to thank the witnesses for being here at this very important hearing. Today we are discussing a very important project for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and that is the advanced spectroscopic portal monitor program. This subcommittee held its first hearing on this topic 1 year ago. We will continue to provide robust oversight on this project until we are assured that we are deploying the best technology possible to detect radiological and nuclear materials coming across our borders. Given that we are holding a public hearing on this topic, I think it is fair to say that we are not quite there yet, though I do commend DNDO for improving our screening capabilities, along with both our southern and northern borders as well as our seaports." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James R. Langevin, Michael T. McCaul, Elaine C. Duke, Vayl S. Oxford, and George E. Thompson.

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