Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS¿s Program to Procure and Deploy Advanced Radiation Detection Portal Monitors Is Likely to Exceed the Department¿s Previous Cost Estimates

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DIANE Publishing, May 1, 2009 - 51 pages
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Preventing nuclear and radioactive material from being smuggled into the U.S. -- perhaps to be used by terrorists in a nuclear weapon or in a radiological dispersal device -- has become a key national security objective. The duties of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) include acquiring and supporting the deployment of radiation detection equipment. It is responsible for the development, testing, acquisition and deployment of a system to detect radiation at U.S. ports of entry. This report reviews: (1) the projected costs to implement DNDO¿s 2006 project execution plan for the radiation portal monitor program; and (2) the reliability of DNDO¿s projections given what is known about the costs to procure, install, and operate radiation detection equipment. Illus.
 

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