ABSTRACT

Systematic Method for Identifying Vital Areas at Complex Nuclear Facilities   [open pdf - 907KB]

"The need for physical protection of nuclear facilities has long been recognized. However, the events of September 11, 2001 have increased the urgency of ensuring that adequate protection is provided. This report describes a systematic method to identify areas containing nuclear material, or the minimum complement of equipment, systems, or devices to be protected against sabotage. Because these areas are referred to as vital areas, the process is referred to as vital area identification (VAI). VAI focuses on 'what to protect,' while physical protection system design addresses 'how to protect.' Further, VAI is an evaluation of what to protect without consideration of the threat's capability to overcome physical protection measures or the difficulty of providing physical protection. VAI identifies areas, structures, systems, and components to be protected; the threat to these items and the ease or difficulty of protecting the items against a threat are considered after the areas and items to be protected are identified."

Report Number:
Sandia National Laboratories: SAND2004-2866
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Date:
2005-05-12
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
United States. Dept. of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information: http://www.osti.gov/
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pdf
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