To enhance our Nation’s protection in opposition to radiological threats, the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Workplace (CWMD) accomplished a technical refresh of 60 cell Radiation Portal Displays presently deployed and utilized by U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP). CWMD provides CBP with this functionality to scan cargo for potential radiological threats.
CWMD works to analysis, develop, check, procure, and deploy the most recent chemical, organic, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection tools to make sure our companions working on the frontlines have probably the most superior defenses to counter potential threats. CBP operators want a movable radiological detection functionality to reinforce the stationary Radiation Portal Displays, to attain the legislative necessities within the SAFE Port Act. Cellular Radiation Portal Displays (mRPMs) provide CBP the potential to scan cargo shipments arriving at seaports throughout the Nation and even help nationwide occasions similar to presidential inaugurations and emergencies together with Superstorm Sandy.
Via the know-how refresh mission, CWMD enhanced the present fleet of 60 mRPMs by bettering operational effectively, utility, and maintainability of the fleet. For greater than a decade, CBP has relied on the usage of mRPMs to counter radiological threats. CWMD performed the know-how refresh after assessing operator wants noticed in CBP’s fleet-wide evaluation. CWMD additionally partnered with Pacific Northwest Nationwide Laboratory (PNNL) to design and develop a prototype of the know-how refresh.
“I couldn’t be extra impressed with the group for making certain that each one 60 mRPMs throughout the Nation have been totally operational and delivered the best high quality of radiation detection, particularly given the challenges on account of COVID-19 journey restrictions,” mentioned Tanya Stasiuk, CWMD’s program supervisor for mRPMs. “We’re additionally grateful for our companions on the Division of Vitality who designated the mission as mission crucial in July 2020. Due to this designation, PNNL and its subcontractors may proceed their very important nationwide safety mission journey all through the nation.”
CWMD serves because the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety’s point of interest for counter-WMD efforts. By supporting operational companions throughout federal, state, and native ranges, CWMD coordinates and manages the detection effort for CBRN and well being safety threats. CWMD is dedicated to addressing present mission must allow operators on the bottom to efficiently detect, interdict, reply to, and report CBRN threats.
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