Homeland Security demonstrates nuclear forensics capabilites

The director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) within the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that her office was successful in demonstrating nuclear forensics capabilities.

Huban Gowadia said that between July 27 and Aug. 21 the demonstration -- Mighty Sabre 2015 -- allowed DNDO and partner agencies to test the efficacy of the Discreet Oculus system prototype developed by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

"The U.S. government continues to develop formidable nuclear forensics capabilities in support of our policy to hold fully accountable any state, terrorist group, or other non-state actor that supports or enables terrorist efforts to obtain or use nuclear weapons," Gowadia said. 

The system uses light and radio frequency wave sensors to detect signals that are emitted during the detonation of a nuclear weapon. It also uses acoustic, seismic, radiation and air pressure information to further support other nuclear forensics data to determine characteristics of a weapon. DNDO is then able to share this information with law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Sensors have been installed in several metropolitan areas.

The DNDO was joined by the DTRA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Director for Intelligence, and the National Nuclear Security Administration within the Department of Energy. 

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