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Advanced Spectroscopic Portal Program: Background and Issues for Congress
Dana A. Shea (au); John D. Moteff (au); Daniel Morgan (au)
The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is charged with developing and procuring equipment to prevent a terrorist nuclear or radiological attack in the U.S. At the forefront of DNDO’s efforts are technologies currently deployed and under development whose purpose is to detect smuggled nuclear and radiological materials. These technologies include existing radiation portal monitors and next-generation replacements known as advanced spectroscopic portals (ASPs). Radiation portal monitors are used to detect radiation emitted from conveyances, such as trucks,entering the U.S. Combined with additional equipment to identify the source of the emitted radiation, they provide for a detection and identification capability to locate smuggled nuclear and radiological materials. The ASPs currently under testing integrate these detection and identification steps into a single process. By doing this, DHS aims to reduce the impact of radiation screening on commerce while increasing its ability to detect illicit nuclear material. Contents of this report: (I) Introduction; (II) History and Background; (III) Issues for Congress: Capability to Detect and Identify Threats; Costs and Benefits; Criteria for Secretarial Certification; Actions Following Secretarial Certification; (IV) Options for Congress: Maintain Status Quo; Increase Clarity Regarding a Significant Increase in Operational Effectiveness; Increase Oversight Activities; Review Secretarial Certification; Change Program Direction; (V) Activities in the 111th Congress.
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