U.S. pledges $3.45 million to CTBTO

The Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization announced that the U.S. has pledged $3.45 million to its organization.

The money will go towards equipment, training and other fields that would benefit different areas of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Most of the money, however, will be devoted to the preparations of the next Integrated Field Exercise in Jordan in November 2014. This event looks to be the most comprehensive test of the CTBTO's capabilities to conduct on-site inspections.

"The preparations for IFE14 require significant efforts by the CTBT State Signatories," IFE14 Exercise Manager Gordon MacLeod said. "This effort has been provided from multiple signatories in the form of contributions in kind for equipment, development of products, and provision of cost free experts. The IFE14 could not be executed at this level without their support."

Another large sum of the money will go towards the xenon emission mitigation project. Radioxenon is released after a nuclear explosion, so while xenon detection is useful in finding where an explosion took place, it is also unreliable because xenon can be found in the production of some medicines. The money will help the CTBTO work with the producers of these medicines to reduce these effects.

The United States is the largest donator to the CTBTO. It also hosts 39 International Monitoring System facilities, more than any other country.