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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.


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.



Workshop Invitees, Sam Chatterjee second from right

Sam Chatterjee Honored by SRA

[August 2018] Sam Chatterjee, National Security Directorate, was honored by the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) as a "future strong leader in the risk analysis field." Sam was one of fifteen SRA members conducting research in the risk analysis field who were invited to participate in a two-day SRA workshop on "Excellence in Risk Analysis."



Emily Mace and Jesse Ward, NSD

Deep Deep Learning Could Help Detect Nuclear Events Worldwide

[June 2018] PNNL scientists Emily Mace and Jesse Ward teamed to explore the promise of deep learning to help interpret signals from radioactive decay events, which could indicate underground nuclear testing.



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NSD Director, Dr. Tony Peurrung oversees the delivery of impactful science and technology for PNNL's National Security clients.

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