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Nuclear Trafficking Response Group

The Nuclear Trafficking Response Group (NTRG) was established in 1995 to coordinate U.S. government responses to incidents of illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials overseas, including radiation alarms. The goals of the NTRG are to work with foreign governments to secure smuggled nuclear material -- including facilities where diversions occurred, prosecute those involved and develop information on smuggling-related threats, e.g. potential links between smugglers and terrorists. The NTRG is chaired by the Department of State and includes representatives from the nonproliferation, law enforcement, and intelligence communities.

Preventing Nuclear Smuggling Program

The Preventing Nuclear Smuggling Program (PNSP) was established in 2007 to help countries increase their capabilities to effectively stop nuclear smuggling. Specifically, PNSP focuses on increasing foreign governments’ capability to respond to incidents of illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials by ensuring the entire spectrum of agencies involved, from the police to scientific experts to prosecutors, follow a single set of well-exercised national operating procedures. Sound response procedures are vital for foreign governments to successfully detect nuclear smuggling and prosecute those involved. PNSP is also dedicated to promoting international nuclear forensics cooperation and development of best practices in the field.

Forensics Engagement Working Group

The Forensics Engagement Working Group (FEWG) is an interagency working group that coordinates and facilitates U.S. government outreach and engagement on nuclear forensics, e.g. the Nuclear Smuggling International Technical Working Group (ITWG). The group is chaired by the Department of State and includes participants from the nonproliferation and law enforcement communities.

  
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