From 10-12 April, Budapest hosted the so-called Fierce Falcon workshop on the security of radioactive sources and their unlawful theft, under the auspices of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and with the support of the Hungarian Government. Hungary is participating in this voluntary partnership as one of 88 nations and 5 official observer institutions working together to combat the common global threat of nuclear terrorism.
The Fierce Falcon workshop was
opened by Deputy State Secretary and Political Director of the Hungarian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr. Levente Benkő, Director General
of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority Mr. Gyula Fichtinger, Director
General of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Energy Research
Dr. Ákos Horváth, and by Ambassador Jari Louto, Coordinator of GICNT’s
Implementation and Assessment Group.
Fierce Falcon addressed the
best practices for preventing radioactive material from falling into malicious
hands. In addition to small group facilitated discussions, technical presentations,
case studies, and panel discussions, the workshop included a series of
survey-based scenario discussions. Participants also received a demonstration
of the equipment and procedures that support the search and recovery of
radioactive material employed by the Mobile Expert Support Team (MEST)
at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Energy Research. Fierce
Falcon emphasised the comprehensive range of functions and capabilities
aimed at securing radiological material, detecting acts of radiological
material theft, immediate response actions to theft, and the search for
and recovery of stolen radioactive sources.
The workshop focused on the
best practices associated with an immediate on site and local law enforcement
response to the theft of radioactive material, and was held in Budapest
on the joint initiative of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority, the Hungarian
Academy of Sciences Centre for Energy Research, and the United States Department
of Energy (DOE).
Hungary’s participation in
the GICNT and in exercises such as Fierce Falcon helps enhance national
capabilities and facilitates relations and cooperation between responders
Over 90 participants from 26
countries attended the event.
For more information about the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, please visit: www.gicnt.org