The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, chaired by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), will hold a hearing entitled "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: Does DHS have an Effective and Efficient Nuclear Detection Strategy" tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.
To defend against nuclear terrorism in the Homeland, Congress established the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DNDO's role is to coordinate efforts for detecting and intercepting any radiological or nuclear materials that pose a threat to the Homeland.
DNDO was also tasked to work with other Federal departments and agencies to establish the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA), a framework to detect, analyze, and report on the unauthorized development, possession, movement, or use of radiological or nuclear materials. In April 2012, DNDO released the GNDA Strategic Implementation Plan, a five-year plan for the Nation's nuclear terrorism detection capabilities.
Tomorrow's hearing will examine the DNDO's current plan for detecting and preventing the use of unauthorized nuclear material within the Homeland. A particular focus of the hearing will be an assessment of the Department's plans to acquire its next generation of nuclear detection technology.
Lungren said: "Nuclear and radiological terrorism is my greatest fear. We must continue our vigilance and oversight efforts in order to address this continuing threat. Our Subcommittee hearing will examine the current nuclear detection strategy of the Department of Homeland Security and whether that strategy is both effective and efficient in countering this threat."
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