Nuclear Security

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Nuclear Security

Nuclear Security refers to the means and ways of preventing, detecting and responding to theft, sabotage and unauthorized access to, or illegal transfer of, nuclear and other radioactive material, as well as associated facilities

Legislative framework

Section 56 of Atomic Energy Act No.24 of 2008. An authorized person shall institute security measures to prevent, protect against, and ensure timely detection of theft, loss of, and unauthorized use or removal of radioactive sources during all stages of management.

AEC has the mandate to ensure the implementation of the legal requirement and develop national nuclear security infrastructure

Nuclear Security Functions

i. Prevention occurs when an adversary, otherwise motivated to perform a malicious act, is dissuaded from undertaking the attempt.

ii. Detection is the discovery of an attempted or actual intrusion which could have the objective of unauthorized removal or sabotage of a radioactive source.

iii. Delay impedes an adversary’s attempt to gain unauthorized access or to remove or sabotage a radioactive source, generally through barriers or other physical means.

iv. Response encompasses the actions undertaken following detection to prevent an adversary from succeeding or to mitigate potentially severe consequences.

v. Security Management includes ensuring adequate resources(personnel and funding) for the security of sources

Nuclear Security Threats

Nuclear threats should be reported promptly: Typical events triggering reporting include;

· Suspected or actual theft of a radioactive source

· Intrusion into access controlled area

· Loss of control over a radioactive source

· Failure or loss of security systems

· Failure of equipment containing sources that may have security implications

The location of any nuclear event should be managed as a potential crime scene as appropriate.

Recent Nuclear Security Developments at AEC

Update of the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan, February 2015

The overall objectives of an Integrated Nuclear security support plan (INSSP) are to identify consolidate the nuclear security needs of an individual State into an integrated document that includes the necessary nuclear security improvements, as well as to provide a customized framework for coordinating and implementing nuclear security activities con-ducted by the State, the IAEA and potential donors.

Nuclear Security training for national security Agencies for Pope’s visit, November, 2015

In November 16-20, 2015, Atomic Energy Council in collaboration with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized in the training to security agencies & other stakeholders at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. The training was intended to equip the mobile expert support team with the required skills in nuclear security systems in preparations to Pope’s visit that took place from November 27-29, 2015.

Training on Nuclear security detection Architecture, February 2016

The purpose of the course was to familiarize participants with scope, framework, and best practices of nuclear security detection architecture at national level. The training course also aimed at providing participants with understanding and awareness of the core concepts of nuclear security detection architecture and its role in the context of security measures for nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control. This training took place in February 1-5, 2016 at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.

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