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RADACAD Training Program

Interdict/RADACAD Training Course
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducts this one-of-a-kind Interdict/RADACAD course at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) HAMMER training center in Richland, Washington.  RADACAD training courses are offered multiple times each year and while consideration will be given to any interested individuals, the courses are geared toward law enforcement, border and port enforcement officials, state government representatives, and academia.

Course Description

RADACAD (Radiation Academy) is a hands-on training course designed to increase awareness of nuclear and radiological weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the detection, identification, and interdiction of illicit transfers of material, commodities, and components used in the development, production, or deployment of nuclear, chemical, and biological WMD and their associated delivery systems.  The course also covers detection and interdiction of illicit traffic of radioactive materials. RADACAD training is intended to raise awareness and train personnel in a broad range of disciplines, including policy, research, enforcement, and security applications.
The RADACAD course includes observational and hands-on activities that involve actual special nuclear materials and other radioactive materials to demonstrate the proper use of radiation detection equipment. The HAMMER training center contains facilities that represent ports, land border checkpoints, pedestrian and cargo screening areas, and wide area search techniques for nuclear and radiological detection offering realistic configurations of detection scenarios.
The RADACAD course is 3-5 days long and includes formal instruction in some or all of the following areas:
    • Radiation Safety
    • Radiological and Nuclear WMD
    • Nuclear Smuggling
    • Chemical Weapons
    • Biological Threats
    • Agricultural Terrorism
    • Radiation Portal Monitors
    • Radioactive Materials Transport
    • Radiological Dispersal Devices
Field exercises include hands-on instruction in the following areas:
    • Concealment
    • Smuggling Techniques
    • Portal Monitor Training
    • Inspection Devices
    • Advanced Radiation Detector Training

For additional information on course dates and registration, please contact or call (509) 372-4335.

Training Venue

The Hanford Site (including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, or PNNL) has tremendous capability with nuclear and radiation-related materials due to its role in the Manhattan Project. PNNL also has extensive experience with chemical and biological weapons (CBWs) proliferation prevention activities. PNNL staff have held lead positions in chemical munitions detection in Iraq for the United Nations. PNNL also has substantial collaborative efforts with the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground and the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Forensic Analytical Center. The Laboratory has strong arms control and nonproliferation programs associated with all types of WMDs, and its export control program is preeminent within the NNSA National Laboratory system.

The HAMMER training center provides classrooms, specialized props (including Scud and cruise missiles), as well as a Port of Entry (POE) facility complete with a host of commercial conveyances, such as seaworthy containers, drums, barrels, gas tanks, trucks, and other transportation means.

The POE facility is also equipped with detection equipment to search, detect, and interdict commodities found on and/or in the containers, vehicles, and personnel.