CONTROLLING ACCESS — ITC participants watch the procedure to open a mock nuclear material storage vault. Controlling the access to nuclear material is the first step in nuclear material accountancy and control.
Last week marked the end of the latest three-week International Training Course on the physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities, which began in 1978. This
The participants included nuclear operators for research reactors and power plants and state regulators and
The course involves classroom training and hands-on exercises. Some of these exercises are held at Sandia’s Integrated Security Facility. This facility uses the security systems originally designed to protect
Category 1 nuclear material in Tech Area 5 that now serves as a venue for hands-on physical security training. With its fully functional physical security and material accounting systems, the facility is invaluable for demonstrating physical security, material control as well as safety concepts and principles.