The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) is an international professional association for nuclear materials management professionals. One of its six technical divisions is the Nuclear Security and Physical Protection (NSPP) Technical Division. The INMM conducts an annual meeting where 400 – 600 technical papers are presented, usually around 100 in physical protection. In addition, INMM conducts numerous workshops every year, mentors students, produces a journal, and operates American National Standards Institute (ANS) standards committees.
The INMM NSPP Technical Division has conducted numerous workshops in recent years, to include several on riskinforming security, vulnerability assessment tools, and quantifying the likelihood of attack.
In March, the INMM offered its first in a series of workshops on the Fundamentals of Physical Security. This first workshop was conducted March 16 – 18, 2021, for a total of 12 hours. It was conducted virtually, hosted by the INMM University of Tennessee Student Chapter, in cooperation with the INMM Central and Southwest Chapters, under the auspices of the Nuclear Security and Physical Protection Technical Division.
The workshops are designed to provide a basic understanding of physical protection for students and early-career professionals in the nuclear field. International guidance was used as a basis and was complemented with a discussion of the regulatory aspects related to physical protection. A second virtual workshop will be offered later this year, hosted by the INMM University of New Mexico Student Chapter. In-person workshops are anticipated to be offered in 2022 in Knoxville and Albuquerque, providing an opportunity for participants to visit nuclear facilities in Tennessee and New Mexico. This would include facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a nuclear power plant, as well as facilities at Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The first workshop addressed the following topics:
- International Security Regime
- Socio-Political Consideration
- Economic and Budgetary Considerations
- Physical Security System Tradeoffs
- Engineering Physical Security Systems
- Access Control and Detection
- Response Forces
- Challenges from Emerging Threats and New Technology
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones
- Small Modular and Advanced Reactors
- Security By Design
The workshop proved successful in helping the participants better understand international security guidelines and how they relate to domestic security regulations. Read about the workshop's outcomes and successes in the full Virtual Workshop - Session 1 report.