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SPR 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 8 of 35 S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2016 | 7 From its founding near Chicago on July 1, 1946, as the United States' frst national laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has been in the business of answering the most diffcult nuclear challenges facing the nation. By Greg Cunningham, Communications Lead, Energy & Global Security, Argonne National Laboratory A rgonne's nuclear heritage was established at the dawn of the nuclear age with the creation of the first self- sustaining nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago, which led directly to the founding of the laboratory. In the decades since, Argonne scientists and engineers designed many of the world's most significant nuclear reactors, and continue to lead in nuclear research. With a budget of $760 million, the laboratory employs 3,300 employees, including 1,600 scientists and engineers, and hosts some of the most sophisticated scientific equipment and user facilities in the world. Keith Bradley, director of National and Global Security Programs at Argonne, said that while seven decades of nuclear experience inform much of the national security work performed at Argonne, the laboratory has expanded the scope of its efforts into a variety of diverse areas related to national security. Bradley added that the role of the national security program is to find areas where Argonne's unique scientific abilities can help ensure the nation's safety. Wide Capabilities Set "Argonne has an extremely diverse set of scientific capabilities – along with one-of-a-kind facilities – that can be brought together to create powerful teams that can address these challenges," Bradley said. "We work hard to ensure we maintain and grow key relationships with stakeholders, collaborators and sponsors to ensure that Argonne can sustain the great talent and capabilities necessary to deliver on that national security mission." That knowledge and expertise uniquely positions Argonne to address the security implications of nuclear technology. In general, since nuclear technology is inherently "dual-use" – useable for peaceful and military purposes – Argonne's focus on civilian applications provides an essential complement to the NUCLEAR FUTURE TACKLING A Nuclear Security Threat Mitigation

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