By Warren Stern, Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
Last Thursday, I participated in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) Industry Day for the Human Portable Tripwire (HPT) program – a kick-off event for DNDO’s “Commercial First” initiative, which focuses on leveraging private sector development of nuclear detection systems and solutions that meet government requirements.
The HPT program is an effort to identify and develop more capable personal radiation detection devices – which help detect illicit radiological and nuclear weapons materials – and put them into the hands of more federal, state, and local law enforcement officials by integrating them into standard equipment.
Through the “Commercial First” initiative, DNDO is working with the private sector to enhance existing radiation detection devices or develop new technologies that will meet the needs of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. This approach will help streamline the Department’s acquisition processes for important security technologies, and play a large part in the broader DNDO acquisition and commercial engagement strategy. DNDO is facilitating interaction between industry, stakeholders, and researchers to provide faster development and systems that are appropriate for end-users.
At Industry Day, DNDO provided information to private sector participants about the requirements for commercially-developed technology solutions, so businesses can tailor their products and services for use by law enforcement officials. Other DHS Components, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration, as well as state and local organizations also discussed their operational needs for current and future radiation detection systems.
I look forward to continued collaboration between DNDO, industry stakeholders, and state and local operators to create a safe, secure and resilient homeland.