Training options for countering nuclear smuggling

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The burden of stopping a nuclear smuggling attempt at the border rests most heavily on the front-line customs inspector. He needs to know how to use the technological tools at his disposal, how to discern tell-tale anomalies in export documents and manifests, how to notice psychological signs of a smuggler's tension, and how to search anything that might hide nuclear material. This means that assistance in the counter-nuclear smuggling training of customs officers is one of the most critical areas of help that the United States can provide. This paper discusses the various modes of specialized training, both in the ... continued below

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Ball, D Y & Erickson, S A July 1, 1999.

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The burden of stopping a nuclear smuggling attempt at the border rests most heavily on the front-line customs inspector. He needs to know how to use the technological tools at his disposal, how to discern tell-tale anomalies in export documents and manifests, how to notice psychological signs of a smuggler's tension, and how to search anything that might hide nuclear material. This means that assistance in the counter-nuclear smuggling training of customs officers is one of the most critical areas of help that the United States can provide. This paper discusses the various modes of specialized training, both in the field and in courses, as well as the types of assistance that can be provided. Training for nuclear customs specialists, and supervisors and managers of nuclear smuggling detection systems is also important, and differs from front-line inspector training in several aspects. The limitations of training and technological tools such as expert centers that will overcome these limitations are also discussed. Training assistance planned by DOE/NN-43 to Russia within the Second Line of Defense program is discussed in the light of these options, and future possibilities for such training are projected.

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  • Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) 40th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (US), 07/25/1999--07/29/1999

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JC-133086
  • Report No.: GC0404000
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 14563
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc621277

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Ball, D Y & Erickson, S A. Training options for countering nuclear smuggling, article, July 1, 1999; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc621277/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.