Strategic plan for the establishment of a nuclear forensic capability at DRDC Ottawa

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Authors
  1. Larsson, C.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
As stated in the communiqué of the April 2010 Washington Nuclear Security Summit, “nuclear terrorism is one of the most challenging threats to international security”. As such, individual countries need to ensure they have strong nuclear security measures in place to prevent the illicit acquisition and use of nuclear materials. Canada’s involvement in the Nuclear Security Summit saw the commitment to strengthen nuclear security and thus reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism within Canada and abroad. Nuclear forensics is a component of a robust nuclear security regime, supporting law enforcement in the overall attribution process from the point of view of being able to answer questions such as what is the material, who is responsible, is there more material, where was it diverted from, and what route did it take. As such, a robust nuclear forensic capability can also act as a deterrent to actors (state or non-state) considering involvement in nuclear terrorism. This paper describes a plan for developing a nuclear forensic capability in Canada, building on previous work in this area and leveraging experience and knowledge of our allies.

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Keywords
Nuclear forensics;Forensic analysis;Laboratory analysis;Contaminated evidence analysis;Radiological analysis laboratory;Attribution
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2010-241 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2010
Number of Pages
26
DSTKIM No
CA034790
CANDIS No
534312
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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