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JANUARY 21, 2020
Web Feature

Forensic Proteomics: Beyond DNA Profiling

A new book by PNNL biochemist Erick Merkley details forensic proteomics, a technique that directly analyzes proteins in unknown samples, in pursuit of making proteomics a widespread forensic method when DNA is missing or ambiguous.
JANUARY 10, 2020
Web Feature

Clark Recognized for Nuclear Chemistry Research

The world’s largest scientific society honored Sue B. Clark, a PNNL and WSU chemist, for contributions toward resolving our legacy of radioactive waste, advancing nuclear safeguards, and developing landmark nuclear research capabilities.
APRIL 2, 2017
News Release

CSI: Chemical Weapons and Illicit Drugs

Pointing the finger at chemical criminals: Several scientists from PNNL and other institutions will discuss new methods and approaches at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in San Francisco April 2-6.

National Security Training

PNNL experts develop training to strengthen our national security partners’ capacity to fulfill job functions and meet international norms.

National security training

National security training

Training in the 21st century has become as wide-ranging and sophisticated as the work environment itself. Equally diverse are the driving forces behind training programs—whether keeping current on the latest technologies or staying abreast of emerging regulations. PNNL designs, delivers, and manages training programs that enable partners worldwide to understand their individual or organizational roles and responsibilities, fulfill a job function, or strengthen a particular skill set.

Through our national security training partnerships and programs, we deliver

  • systematic approaches to training – providing effective, efficient, and sustainable learning opportunities using instructional design and system approaches to training
  • foundations in science and technology – leveraging leading-edge technology to strengthen and magnify the impact of training events
  • access to legacy and operating facilities – creating realistic training environments at the Hanford Site and in operating facilities
  • comprehensive training solutions – offering diverse training programs that advance national security missions.
National security training mission

PNNL’s training team includes professional instructional designers, instructors, course managers, and subject matter experts who work together to deliver high-quality training for our clients. Our training specialties are as diverse as the participants we train. Together, we draw upon a strong base of security knowledge, scientific innovation, and technology development to deliver training programs in the following subjects:

  • Border Security
  • Chemical and Biological Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Cyber, Information, and Computer Security Training
  • Emergency Response
  • Explosives Detection and Explosives Breaching
  • Fixed Site Nuclear Security
  • Security Instructor Training
  • International Safeguards
  • Nonproliferation and Arms Control
  • Security Personnel and Protective Force Training
  • Transportation Security Training
  • Strategic Trade Management.

Join our Team

Our multidisciplinary training development team is home to instructional designers, course developers, and technical and policy experts with experience spanning the global security realm, including:

  • Emergency and Crisis Response
  • Radiological Detection and Identification
  • International Nuclear Safety
  • Border Enforcement and Protection
  • Military Readiness
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • Materials Protection and Control
  • Public Health
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Export Control
  • Special Operations
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive

We’re hiring! Apply today to join our team in delivering customized curriculum, training, and field exercise programs to partners around the world.

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Shallow Underground Laboratory

Shallow Underground Laboratory

Going deep underground for measurement science and detector development

Sixty feet underground, researchers work in clean rooms using an electroforming process to produce high-purity copper with ultra-low levels of naturally occurring radioactivity. The materials, some of the purest ever made, are a key ingredient in sensitive detectors used to advance fundamental physics research and support important security and environmental missions.

This high-purity copper is produced in PNNL’s Shallow Underground Laboratory, one of the most modern laboratory spaces in the Department of Energy complex dedicated to low-background detector system development and production. The depth of the facility shields against radioactive backgrounds induced by cosmic rays, the most difficult source to shield against on the Earth's surface. A cleanroom air filtration system and positive pressure relative to the outside protects the facility from the radioactivity found in dust.

Through advances in materials storage, purity, and fabrication, PNNL scientists build highly sensitive radiation detectors to meet international security and basic research challenges. The nearly 6,600-square-foot facility houses some of the world’s most sensitive instruments to test materials for trace levels of radioactivity and supports international treaty verification to prevent and counter acts of terrorism. The laboratory also plays a significant role in the search for dark matter in the universe.

Take a tour of the lab here.

Research topics

WMD Counterproliferation Training

PNNL develops training, exercises, and assessments to prepare and equip border security officers to detect, identify, and interdict the illicit movements of materials, commodities, and components associated with the development or deployment of a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD).

Training at HAMMER

Training at the HAMMER facility

We provide a unique blend of expert instruction and hands-on training to border enforcement personnel including customs officers, border patrol, border guards, and the various military, police and law enforcement officials who investigate border smuggling and smuggling-related activities.

PNNL staff deliver national security-related courses and training workshops around the world. However, in today’s environment, PNNL recognizes the necessity to focus on a blended approach to learning that incorporates one or any combination of engagement types including in-person, remote, and eLearning.  

Full courses, specific modules, comprehensive practicums, and exercises (or combinations thereof) can be made available for international and domestic partners. Because the remote learning landscape is different for each partner, PNNL prioritizes the best fit solutions to meet each individual engagement.

Countries Trained

The WMD Counterproliferation Training Program has trained over 70 countries domestically and internationally. The program’s flexible and tailored approach can meet the unique needs of each country, both in terms of curriculum and training logistics.

Map of countries trained