$8.8M security facility

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Lab security, police and military to be trained

By Garrison Wells

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on the verge of getting an $8.8 million facility to help train its security force.

The facility will also be used to train military and law enforcement.

Described as a warehouse type of structure – it will have “modular walls that can be reconfigured to allow the guard force to do force-on-force exercises,” said Damien LaVera, spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C.

Plans for the Tactical Training Facility were revealed during a media briefing Thursday on the NNSA’s Security Reform Initiative. The initiative, designed to improve and provide efficiencies in the nation’s nuclear security arena, is the result of a study since June of 2009.

Brad Peterson, NNSA chief of defense nuclear security who led the briefing, described the facility as “a major investment.”

“Los Alamos has lagged a little bit behind so we are investing in that kind of infrastructure to make sure we can adequately train our people,” Peterson said.

LaVera said after the briefing that Peterson did not mean to imply that Los Alamos security force lags behind others, but that the lab could use additional infrastructure to better train its force.

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