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The National Security Technology Applications Center leverages Y-12's collective expertise and resources to assess, develop, demonstrate, and deploy innovative security technologies and products for a broad range of applications, from biometrics to homeland security and defense.
We can also help to determine a security technology's value by testing it in real-world settings. This qualitative examination of the technology's performance answers the question: “Will the system work effectively when needed?” Both the technology provider and the technology buyer derive significant benefits from the rigorous methodology we employ in our professional, standards-based testing and evaluation.
Our expertise spans a wide array of technologies, including:
- Explosive detection systems
- Biometrics and access control technologies
- Personnel screening systems
- Cargo/vehicle screening technologies
- Radiation detection technologies
- Remotely-operated weapon systems
- Intrusion-detection systems
- Perimeter security technologies
- Advanced optical systems
- Sniper detection and response systems
- Command, control, communications, coordination, intelligence (C4I) systems
The Oak Ridge Metrology Center (ORMC) serves as a unique resource to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and provides calibration services traceable to NIST standards in 29 measurement disciplines. Our capabilities include complex geometric measurements, dimensional metrology, and physical and electrical metrology.
ORMC provides NIST-traceable measurements in the following areas:
- Angular measurements including angle blocks, rotary tables, and autocollimators
- Direct and alternating voltage and current, radio frequency power, resistance, ratio, oscilloscopes, and phase
- Gas flow, gas analysis, moisture/humidity, and density/volume
- Hardness, force, torque, and acceleration
- Ionizing optical, optical pyrometry, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
- Vacuum and standard leaks
Y-12 is a vital part of efforts to combat chemical, radiological, and nuclear (C/R/N) terrorism. Applying our operationally based knowledge at our customized training facilities, we support missions to contain, convert, remove, and protect vulnerable C/R/N material located at sites worldwide. An important aspect of securing these materials is timely, well-equipped, well-trained responders who can interrupt and neutralize an adversary before he/she can gain access to these materials. Our specialized Alarm Response Training program is specifically tailored to the responsible on-site and local responders who support the protection of sites with C/R/N material.
The three-day course moves from classroom lectures, practical discussions, group problem solving, and equipment proficiency to a realistic tabletop exercise and wraps up with functional, operationally based field exercise scenarios. The primary objective is to prepare personnel to protect themselves and their communities in response to alarms involving attempted theft of C/R/N material.
Y-12 possesses unique manufacturing and technical service resources that:
- Solve high-risk challenges and eliminate the most difficult manufacturability and development obstacles;
- Protect classified and proprietary materials, components and information; and
- Develop real-world system-level information technology solutions.
We specialize in high-risk, complex prototype work, and Y-12 Secure Manufacturing Services integrates manufacturing, engineering and science to build first-of-a-kind products. It also modifies or enhances existing products and develops new, innovative manufacturing processes to solve the toughest manufacturing problems.
Our expertise lies in scintillator crystal fabrication, crystalline semiconductor manufacturing and application, and other ancillary production methods. Work in the radiation detection field has driven the development of additive manufacturing methods for improving the efficiency and quality of semiconductor crystal production. Our mission goals require that the neutron detection properties of both scintillation and semiconductor crystals developed onsite be continuously improved. CNS research teams have gained extensive knowledge in adjusting compositions of these ceramic crystals, particularly the incorporation of lithium in these applications. Beyond crystalline manufacturing, Y-12 also has a track record of innovation in the fields of generalized machining, electrolysis production of metals, and plating or coating practices.
Security, protection, control, and accountability are at the core of CNS’ national security mission. Our 75 years of success has been built upon these principles. These principles apply whether protecting nuclear, chemical or biological containment facilities, and CNS’s Global Security Analysis and Training applies these policies in its partnership programs efforts. By employing our experienced personnel in focus areas such as Performance Testing, Risk Management/Analysis, Insider Threat Analysis, Physical Security Design & Implementation, and Materials Control and Accountability, we can assist facilities in enhancing their security posture and safekeeping of materials.
The Nuclear Detection and Sensor Testing Center (NDSTC) offers dedicated facilities for the testing of radiation detection capabilities using enriched and highly enriched uranium.
The NDSTC allows researchers from national laboratories, university research groups, and nuclear instrumentation companies to conduct experiments to determine the capabilities of their detection equipment under various conditions and operational scenarios using either passive or active interrogation techniques.
- Test devices with various forms and quantities of highly enriched uranium
- Offer subject matter expertise to safely handle and deploy all material
- Provide supporting equipment and various shielding configurations
Y-12’s materials science expertise contributes to nonproliferation progress and advances new fuel development. Driven by global nonproliferation concerns and renewed interest in nuclear power, Y-12 is conducting significant research and development in the areas of specialty fuel fabrication; characterization and performance of advanced fuels; materials for medical isotope production; and lithium materials processing, manufacturing, and storage.
The Nuclear and Radiological Field Training Center provides world-class, hands-on nuclear and radiological security training in a safe, secure, realistic environment using expert instruction and personnel to serve as observers/evaluators for customer training. We can tailor this training to initial, intermediate, and advanced-level attendees, ensuring all participants know how to use and deploy their detection equipment and evaluate the effectiveness of the tactics, techniques, and procedures in a wide range of radiological conditions.
We equip military units and federal, state, and local emergency response agencies with the hands-on skills and knowledge they need to safely detect, safeguard and handle real nuclear and radiological materials. To test their skills, our training exercises include the following customized scenarios:
- Dirty bomb laboratory
- Dirty bomb detonation in an office
- Smuggling interdiction
- Nuclear storage facility
- Sea/land shipping containers
- Nuclear materials processing laboratory
- Warehouse storage area
- Others as requested