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Friday, December 9th, 2022

Nuclear

Lawmakers advocate dirty bomb attack preparedness

U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is advocating Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) preparedness for a potential domestic dirty bomb attack. Thompson recently released findings from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report,... Read More »

Bill seeks to track Iranian nuclear capabilities

U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) recently introduced legislation to monitor Iran's nuclear weapons and missile capabilities. The Iran Nuclear Weapons Capability Monitoring Act of 2022 would establish a Department of State-spearheaded task force responsible for regularly... Read More »

NNSA, agencies detail radiological incident exercise

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is slated to join over 30 local, state, and federal agencies to conduct a major radiological incident exercise during the week of May 16-20. The Austin, Texas-centered Cobalt Magnet 22 exercise, spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE),... Read More »

FEMA to assess PA, MD radiological emergency preparedness

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is slated to evaluate a Biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise, focusing on Pennsylvania and Maryland responses. The assessment specifically involved communities around the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. The effort calls for FEMA... Read More »

Smiths Detection secures DHS contract

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) has awarded a contract to Smiths Detection to provide 110 radiation portal monitors (RPM). The RPMs would be deployed across land border crossings throughout the country. The passive checkpoints... Read More »

Amendment addresses potential nuclear force reductions

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) joined 16 other legislators to introduce a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment that seeks to prevent the Biden administration from executing unilateral cuts to the nation’s nuclear forces. The amendment was introduced in the wake of reports... Read More »

Lawmakers urge Biden to reduce role of nuclear weapons

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and other Congress members urged President Joe Biden to limit the role of nuclear weapons in the country’s national security. In a letter to the President, the group pointed to Biden’s longstanding commitment to reducing the role of nuclear weapons, and... Read More »

DHS seeking component technology support

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program announced last week that it is seeking information in three topic areas to support component technology needs. “DHS SBIR is uniquely positioned to support DHS’s broad mission by finding ways to... Read More »