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PNNL creates Homeland Security Office

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February 19, 2003 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — To align more closely with the newly formed Department of Homeland Security and those government agencies responsible for homeland security efforts, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has established the Homeland Security Program Office.

The office centralizes PNNL's homeland security portfolio, which totals approximately $70 million, and provides a single point of contact for clients. PNNL currently supports programs funded by the U. S. Departments of State, Energy and Defense; U.S. Customs Service; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies and private companies. Establishment of the office also enhances PNNL's ability to pool capabilities from across the laboratory, bringing together multidisciplinary teams best suited to address the new federal department's critical science and technology needs.

Ned Wogman will serve as the office's director, bringing to the position more than 37 years of experience in the national security arena. Wogman is recognized internationally for expertise in the development and use of radionuclide sensors for the detection of nuclear proliferation. In addition to serving a two-year assignment on the International Atomic Energy Agency's Iraq Action Team to support its Wide Area Environmental Monitoring effort from 1998 to 2000, Wogman chairs an environmental monitoring evaluation group for the IAEA. Wogman, who has served as a science advisor to various DOE and DoD organizations and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from Purdue University.

"The off-the-shelf technologies used today have to be replaced by new science and technology solutions that will provide much more comprehensive and effective protection of our country and its resources," Wogman said.

Business inquiries can be directed to Wogman through a business hotline by calling 888-375-PNNL or emailing

PNNL's homeland security programs range from training programs designed to teach international and U.S. border officials to identify and intervene in potential smuggling of weapons of mass destruction to protecting, assessing and monitoring the nation's critical infrastructure to developing chemical and biological sensors. PNNL's technology development efforts focus on information analysis, cyber security and sensors and electronics for a broad range of detection and measurement applications. PNNL's overall national security science and technology efforts total approximately $287 million annually.

More information on PNNL's national security program can be found at

Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, Computational Science, National Security, Chemistry, Cybersecurity

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