Sandia is developing advanced R&D sensor technologies to address challenges faced by the nation in the area of nuclear material counter proliferation. Sandia's research in this area, termed Nonproliferation R&D, has yielded a next-generation sensor system – the Compact Uncooled Thermal Longwave Advanced Staring Spectrometer (CUTLASS). Recently, this multispectral sensor system was successfully deployed at the Nevada test Site in support of a NNSA NA-22 Test Campaign where it performed data collections in a realistic remote sensing operations scenario.
Designed and tested in close collaboration with the US National Data Center, Sandia's Network Capability Assessment Program (NetCAP) is a simulator that assesses the capability of the US ground-based nuclear explosion monitoring system to detect, locate, and identify nuclear explosions anywhere in the world. NetCAP, the first new simulator for ground-based monitoring developed since the 1990s, improves both the fidelity and extent of the simulations, incorporating important R & D concepts that have emerged from US monitoring researchers in recent years.