20th CBRNE Command participates in Southern California exercise
Exercise Prominent Hunt simulated a nuclear detonation from a terrorist organization near the ocean and required the collection of forensic material at sea. Materials included fall-out samples that can indicate the source of the nuclear device and identify who had detonated the weapon.
The CBRNE command worked with the National Technical Nuclear Forensics Task Force, a U.S. Army Nuclear Disablement Team and a CBRNE Response Team. Representatives of the Department of Energy and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were also in attendance.
"DNDO (the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office) helps ensure the nation is prepared to counter the threat of nuclear terrorism," DNDO Director Huban Gowadia said. "It is in this preparedness that we can best minimize the consequences for our nation and guide national responses. Further, our national attribution capability should deter a terrorist or sponsoring nation from attempting the attack in the first place."
The DNDO states that nuclear forensics play a key role in determining the source of a nuclear attack and which group or individuals are responsible, combining law enforcement and intelligence practices.