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Russian Federation Navy officials and security managers now have a new curriculum of courses and a new training center to assist them in providing stronger protection for the Russian navy's nuclear materials.
The upgraded security training, accomplished through Russian and U.S. efforts under the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Material Protection Control and Accounting (MPC&A) Program, has involved work by employees from Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Known as the Kola Technical and Training Center, the new facility represents a unique training complex for nuclear security professionals, established cooperatively by the Department of Energy, NNSA and the Russian Ministry of Defense.
“Our goal has been to work with the Russian Navy to assist them in developing an upgraded security infrastructure for protecting their weapons-grade materials,” said Livermore's Mary Elliott, the Kola training program lead.
“This is about international security. The NNSA has installed these systems to keep those who shouldn't have nuclear materials from obtaining them, but without regulations, procedures and training, the systems won't operate as designed,” Elliott added.
The latest chapter in the four-and-a-half year project working with the Russian Navy came Sept. 30 when Ambassador Linton Brooks, administrator of NNSA, and Russian leaders dedicated a new training center in northern Russia.
Located in Severomorsk, about 400 miles northeast of Moscow on the Barents Sea, the Kola Technical and Training Center will serve as a security training hub for the western third of Russia, including 11 Navy bases and sites.
About 400 Russian Navy security managers, system operators and others are expected to receive training on MPC&A security systems at the Kola center in fiscal year 2006 and at least 600 more annually in future years, Elliott said.
To date, about 30 courses have been developed to address security areas such as console operations, badging, access control, alarm systems, management training, and the design and maintenance of security systems. Ten more courses are due to be developed to complete the project.
Built with U.S. funds, the $9 million Kola Technical and Training Center has almost 30,000 square feet that includes space for offices, classrooms, conference rooms, and maintenance and testing workshop areas.
The Russian government acquired the land, cleared the building site, provided transportation and lodging for the construction workers, and supplied the training instructors.
Construction on the Kola center started in March 2003 and was completed in June 2005, with the Kurchatov Institute serving as the project's construction manager and Russian firms doing the building.
“The Russians are very proud of the center and of the courses that have been developed,” Elliott said. “The center is well built and it is a very appropriate building to serve as a training center.”The training courses for the MPC&A program, developed by Russian firms with input from U.S. security specialists, have been offered since December 2001 at four interim locations in Russia. Those sites will now be consolidated into the Kola center.
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