Current and former executives from the nuclear security industry shared insights on the evolving role of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) in the nonproliferation and global security community. The NNSS, once home to the Nevada Test Site where hundreds of above and below ground nuclear weapons tests were once conducted, now carries a much different role.
Focus by the NNSS has pivoted to assisting in the enforcement of the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons to terrorist organizations. However, some sub-critical weapons tests, physics tests where no self-sustaining fission chain reaction is created, continue to be held in accordance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. These evolving changes were discussed at the 2014 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada.
The discussion also focused on the interactions with the state of Nevada which include environmental monitoring and restoration work. Additionally, collaborations currently are being pursued with the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Reno.