Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) supports many United States and international efforts to build capacity to stop the trafficking of nuclear material; secure nuclear and radiological facilities; counter proliferation financing; and prevent the acquisition of sensitive technologies.
We team with experts at other national laboratories, private industry, and nongovernmental and international organizations to share expertise, as well as equip, train, and sustain partner capabilities. More than 130 nations have strengthened capacities to counter would-be proliferators as a result of PNNL’s extensive, long-term engagement directly with foreign partners in support of United States government programs at the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, and State.
PNNL experts also lead or contribute to activities that strengthen nonproliferation and arms control norms. Our experts help draft international guidance documents for consideration by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Suppliers Group, World Customs Organization, and International Criminal Police Organization, among others. We help United States and foreign partners develop national legislation and regulations, decision frameworks, response protocols, international standards, and concepts of operation.
With appreciation and understanding of local cultures and norms, international and national legislative frameworks, and operational conditions in the field, PNNL nuclear, chemical, biological, and cybersecurity experts also examine the implications of the future threat landscape on United States government programs. We team with leading researchers, sponsors, and collaborators to explore questions such as:
- What current threats pose continuing or new challenges to national and global security?
- What emerging threats will pose new challenges, and how can we best understand the multifaceted nature of these threats?
- How can the science, technology, and policy communities make focused investments and deploy robust solutions to best prepare the nation against future harm?