Serial No. 108-207: Nuclear Security: Can DOE Meet Physical Facility Security Requirement: Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, April 27, 2004   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Christopher Shays: "Today, we continue our oversight of physical security at the Nation's nuclear weapons facilities. Last June, we learned the Department of Energy [DOE], was not aggressively confronting the many challenges posed by the need to secure a sprawling, aging infrastructure against post-September 11th threats. So we asked the GAO to evaluate the development and implementation of the new security standard called the design basis threat [DBT]. The GAO report released today finds some progress, but concludes the new DBT may not be as realistic, rigorous, or real-time as needed to protect nuclear materials from determined terrorists. Without question, DOE nuclear warhead production plants, testing facilities, research labs, storage locations, and decommissioned sites are attractive targets for terrorists determined to turn our technology against us and willing to die while doing so. The highly enriched uranium and plutonium held at various locations could be used as the core of an improvised nuclear device or dispersed as a radiological weapon." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Linton F. Brooks, Glenn S. Podonsky, Robin M. Nazzaro, James Noel, Danielle Brian, and Christopher Shays.

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