Game Over: Radiological Role Playing Wraps Up

The International Atomic Energy Commission (IAEA) has just concluded a two week nuclear security seminar at the Argonne National Laboratory that included an intensive 4 hour exercise where 38 of the world's senior security officials "work their way through a wave of scenarios involving airplane crashes, terrorist threats, and dirty bombs that tested their emergency response and readiness skills."

Operation Jumpstart, a role playing multi-disciplinary preparedness drill, grouped particpants from such fields as law enforcement, nuclear regulation, radiological safety, and customs into four fictitious countries and tasked them with crafting an effective and cooperative response to realistic scenarios that included both terrorist-related events and threats and incidents involving nuclear or radiological materials.

The IAEA was set up in 1957 by the United Nations as the international home of "Atoms for Peace" and coordinates activities among its member states and partners to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies. The IAEA's Director General Mohamed ElBaradei was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.

Attending the seminar were officials from China, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, Iraq, Republic of Korea, Brazil, Panama, Mongolia, and the United States. IAEA Member States recently endorsed a nuclear security action plan. (PDF)





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