Domestic nuclear detection office
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If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, criminal justice forensics, or environmental sciences, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Internship Program is now accepting applications. The application deadline is March 16, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Ten-week research internships will be available at federal research facilities around the country. Undergraduate students are paid a weekly stipend of $600 plus travel costs. Graduate students are paid a weekly stipend of $700 plus travel costs.
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The Summer Internship Program at the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allows undergraduate and graduate students to work on projects at federal research facilities around the country to help DNDO fulfill its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to rads.” This program will train a diverse, highly talented, trained, and professional pool of scientists and engineers to resolve national security and nuclear detection issues, as well as to improve the future science and technical workforce’s expertise and training in fields of particular interest to the DNDO.
Argonne National Laboratory offers research opportunities (Argonne, IL) Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Las Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA) Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratories (Menlo Park, CA)
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The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), tasked with protecting the country from terrorist nuclear attacks, is in charge of developing high-tech screening systems that can detect a nuclear device or “dirty bomb” entering the US via a port, airport, or border crossing. DNDO does not make such devices; instead, it supports research and development, as well as tests and reviews radiation detection equipment for customs officers, border guards, and Coast Guard sailors. Government watchdogs and members of Congress have criticized DNDO’s testing and evaluation of contractor-produced technologies for failing to objectively evaluate costly detection equipment.
After decades of worrying about a nuclear attack by Russia, the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s sparked a new concern for US weapons control officials. Rather than intercontinental ballistic missiles bringing nuclear warheads to American soil, the threat of terrorists smuggling arms or nuclear fuel into the US became a major concern. As former Soviet republics gained independence, American officials reached out to Russian military and political leaders in an attempt to minimize the risk of Russian nuclear arms falling into the wrong hands.
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Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Director Dr. Mark Wrobel wins the Secretary’s Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2017.
The first joint nuclear forensics exercise between the United States and Canada was recently conducted in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The exercise simulated a nuclear explosion and enabled experts from both countries to enhance operational readiness in the event of a radiological or nuclear attack. The development of international nuclear forensics collaboration would aid the United States and its allies in determining the source of an exploded bomb.
The Plutonium Processing Signatures Discovery capability was launched last week by the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) in collaboration with collaborators at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The new capability, which reflects a major technical breakthrough in nuclear forensics and will enhance our ability to track the source of plutonium, is the culmination of a four-year effort.