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Our researchers within National Security at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) focus on delivering high-impact, science-based, practical solutions to our clients to prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Our world-leading capabilities cross-cut market needs and one of our major strengths is our ability to integrate our research and projects across PNNL and take them to market. We are committed to providing excellent service to our clients to help make our world safe and more secure.


Haynie awarded prestigious honor for contributions to Vietnamese radiological source security

[December 2018] Vietnamís Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Deputy Minister Pham Cong Tac awarded the Medal for the Cause of Science and Technology to PNNLís Todd Haynie, Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Energyís Office of Radiological Security (ORS) East Asia Pacific Region. The award was presented on behalf of MOST Minister Chu Ngoc Anh in early November.



IAEA training

Developing the World Debut of the IAEA's International Training Course on Protecting Nuclear Facilities from Cyber-Attack

[October 2018] Staff from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory teamed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and subject matter experts from Idaho National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory the past two years to develop and design the first ever international training course (ITC) on Protecting Computer-Based Systems in Nuclear Security Regimes.†



Flight test

Florida field test validates, improves radiation detection methods

[August 2018] The ability to detect the spread of radioactive debris following a terrorist attack or nuclear accident is critical to saving lives and reducing economic damage. Aerial detection systems are an effective tool to survey contaminated areas in these situations.



Workshop Invitees, Sam Chatterjee second from right

PNNL research featured on journal cover

[August 2018] Susannah Burrows, Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate (EBSD), and Aritra Dasgupta, National Security Directorate (NSD), are the lead writers of "Characterizing the Relative Importance Assigned to Physical Variables by Climate Scientists when Assessing Atmospheric Climate Model Fidelity," to be the cover feature in the September issue of Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.



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