NATO Delegation Visiting US Nuclear Facilities

NATO delegates are visiting Sandia, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories

From Sheryl Hingorani, American Forces Press Service: A group of NATO officials are learning about  work being done to support the extended nuclear deterrence mission and broader national security programs , ranging from homeland security to global nonproliferation efforts, during a three-day visit to Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

The group is touring Sandia National Laboratories and other facilities on the base in a visit that began May 8 and ends tomorrow. It includes more than 50 representatives from 23 European countries, along with officials from the Departments of Defense and State, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and other U.S. government agencies.  The visitors are accompanied by Andrew Weber, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, and by Elaine Bunn, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy.

The visit allows the delegation to see the research and technology required to implement U.S. policies that support the NATO alliance.  The agenda for the visit includes an overview of national security and nuclear weapons programs at Sandia, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapons enterprise, as well as mission briefings by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. . . .

Sandia officials, supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Air Force, also demonstrated various capabilities associated with the labs’ pivotal role in supporting the nation’s nuclear deterrence and non-proliferation efforts. The delegates took a windshield tour of Sandia’s large-scale experimental test areas, saw demonstrations of nuclear accident response equipment, and viewed exhibits related to both homeland and global security programs.  The Defense Threat Reduction Agency provided briefings on how they support nuclear surety and inspections, as well as the on-site inspection program activities which support treaty verification activities.  (photo: Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories)

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