NNSA looks to impede nuclear threat

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced the approval of nearly $3 million in funding for collaborative research and development projects aimed at addressing nuclear security challenges.

The projects, financed by NNSA’s Global Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (GIPP) program, will be managed jointly through the intergovernmental International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), located in the Russian Federation, and the Science and Technology Center (STCU) in Ukraine.

Most of the projects funded by NNSA will partner U.S. and foreign scientists to collaborate in areas that directly support the goals announced at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, as well as related priorities under the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, the G8 Global Partnership Against Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540.

“The NNSA Strategic Plan calls for partnering with the international community to impede the spread of nuclear weapons technology, materials and information,” said Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington.

“Our engagement of scientists around the world is an important tool in this international partnering effort. By leveraging our unique scientific knowledge and skills, we can advance our nuclear security agenda and directly support the international effort to fulfill the goals of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.”