DTRA submits request for information to improve nuclear detection

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) announced last week that it is seeking sources of potential modeling, simulation and technology, as well as operational improvements, to conditions defined by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

The DTRA's J9 Nuclear Technologies Directorate and the Nuclear Arms Control and Technology (NACT) Research Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program have the goal of improving the reliability and verification capability of U.S. waveform and radionuclide nuclear detonation detection stations. The detectors are part of the International Monitoring System (IMS), which is part of the CTBT's verification regime.

The NACT RDT&E program wants to advance mature improvements into operational use for the 37 installed and planned IMS stations in the U.S. and U.S. territories. The request for information seeks technologically mature technologies and concepts to integrate into IMS operations to improve station reliability, sustainability, maintainability and/or data quality.

Presented research concepts must include the appropriate verification and validation experiments to demonstrate usability in operations. Proposals must be standardized across the global network, open and modular, and cost effective or result in cost improvements.

Submissions must include an overall synopsis of concept, a description of potential improved operational capability, a description of estimated system specifications and the technical readiness level of the technology.

Responses must be submitted electronically by July 25.