NNSA Fact Sheet: Securing Domestic Radioactive Material   [open pdf - 44KB]

This document is a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Fact Sheet. From the document: "In April 2009, President Obama outlined an ambitious agenda to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years, calling the danger of a terrorist acquiring nuclear weapons 'the most immediate and extreme threat to global security.' In this year's State of the Union, he called the threat of nuclear weapons, 'the greatest danger to the American people.' The President's FY 2012 budget request provides the resources required to implement that agenda. It requests $2.5 billion in FY 2012 and $14.2 billion over the next five years to reduce the global nuclear threat by detecting, securing, safeguarding, disposing and controlling nuclear and radiological material, as well as promoting the responsible application of nuclear technology and science. In addition to securing nuclear material around the world, the National Nuclear Security Administration [NNSA] plays a key role in the U.S. government's comprehensive effort to secure radiological material here at home. NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) oversees two programs aimed at securing radioactive materials in the United States. NNSA/GTRI's Domestic Material Protection program collaborates with partner sites like hospitals and universities to provide voluntary security enhancements to prevent terrorists from acquiring in----use radiological materials. NNSA/GTRI's Domestic Radiological Material Removal Program removes radiological sources that are no longer being used for disposal or secure storage. Taken together with the President's commitment to partner with the international community to secure vulnerable nuclear and radiological material around the world, these domestic security programs demonstrate this Administration's commitment to protecting the American people from nuclear terrorism."

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