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International and Domestic Border
Security Training

This comprehensive program trains U.S. and international border-enforcement officers in the detection, identification, and interdiction of illicit transfers of material, commodities, and components used in the development, production, or deployment of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass effect (WME), and their associated delivery systems. It also covers comprehensive training in the detection and interdiction of illicit traffic of radioactive materials.

Subject matter experts from across the DOE complex, other government agencies, and the private sector conduct presentations on technical topics, such as the threat from nuclear weapons, radiation safety, radiation detection technologies, and radiation alarm response procedures. In addition, there are observational and hands-on activities that involve actual special nuclear materials (SNM) and other radioactive materials to demonstrate the proper use of radiation detection equipment.

The Hanford Site (including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory [PNNL]) has tremendous capability with nuclear and radiation-related materials due to its role in the Manhattan Project. PNNL also has extensive experience with chemical and biological weapons (CBWs) proliferation prevention activities. PNNL staff have held lead positions in chemical munitions detection in Iraq for the United Nations. PNNL also has substantial collaborative efforts with the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground and the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Forensic Analytical Center. The Laboratory has strong arms control and nonproliferation programs associated with all types of WMDs, and its export control program is preeminent within the NNSA National Laboratory system.

Training Capabilities at HAMMER

The HAMMER training center provides classrooms, specialized props (including Scud and cruise missiles), as well as a Port of Entry (POE) facility complete with a host of commercial conveyances, such as seaworthy containers, drums, barrels, gas tanks, trucks, and other transportation means.

The POE facility is also equipped with detection equipment to search, detect, and interdict commodities found on and/or in the containers, vehicles, and personnel.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (US CBP) Training

The US CBP course is a four-day session and includes the following:

  • the US CBP curriculum
  • classroom instruction that covers all WMEs with emphasis on radioactive materials, protection, safety,and detection
  • field exercises that include concealment types, detection methods, smuggling techniques, advanced radiation detector training, all at a simulated POE facility.

International Border Security Training

For international border-enforcement officials, typical courses include the following:

  • international curriculum
  • tailored five-day session
  • classroom instruction that offers simultaneous interpretation
  • field exercises that feature consecutive translation.


International and Domestic Border Security


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