Analysis of the Operational Test and Evaluation of the CBRNE Crime Scene Modeller (C2SM)
DRDC Center for Security Science Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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The goal of this effort was to answer the Senior Leaders question in a blind test, does a CBRNE Response Team have the specific ability to most rapidly detect, localize and measure hidden radiological sources prior to deploying personnel downrange as part of a large CBRNE Field Exercise The National CBRNE Response Team participated in such a large four-Nation CBRNE Exercise outside Canada in April 2013, which included an opportunity to conduct a blind test of the C2SM in a live operational setting. Specifically, it provided an opportunity to test and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the capability as well as an opportunity to receive an arms length peer evaluation by an audience of International expert LE personnel with CBRNE expertise in detection and mitigation. The radiological scenario of interest involved terrorists attempting to smuggle Special Nuclear Material SNM into the country8. A plutonium segregate was used to simulate the SNM, but the terrorists also included Cs137 and Co60 sources and legitimate documents to mask the presence of the SNM. Measurements included the detection and the localization of radiological sources prior to the response teams ability to deploy personnel downrange. Further, a simple written evaluation was also performed by peers in LE.
- Nuclear Instrumentation
- Civil Defense