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DHS Sponsors a Bidder's Conference for Detection Systems for Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasure (DSRNC)


The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is sponsoring a Bidders Conference to discuss Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 04-02: Detection Systems for Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasure (DSRNC).The BAA will be available on January 30th, or shortly thereafter.

A critical area of focus for Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) is the development of radiological and nuclear countermeasure systems that improve our capability to address the threat of a radiological dispersal device (RDD), an improvised nuclear device (IND), or a nuclear weapon being used by terrorists within the US.DHS S&T is implementing a comprehensive systems approach that emphasizes early detection and effective intervention capabilities at the Federal, state, and local levels, as well as post-event capabilities for remediation.Under the DSRNC program BAA, HSARPA solicits detector systems that will contribute to an overall system of countermeasures.The goals of the DSRNC program are to perform the underlying research and development (R&D) to improve existing deployed systems, and to develop new systems for the detection of nuclear and radiological materials.

These detector systems must provide a high confidence in detection of nuclear material - even when shielded - while maintaining a low rate of false and nuisance alarms.The attributes desired for these detection systems include the following:

  • Ability to detect shielded Special Nuclear Material (SNM);
  • High probability of detection of threat materials with a minimum of nuisance alarms and a systematic approach to handle nuisance alarms properly; and
  • Total cost of ownership low enough to allow systems to be proliferated around points of entry and at critical nodes.

Hosts: Steven Buchsbaum, Ph.D. (steven.buchsbaum@dhs.gov)

When: February 18, 2004
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.(7:30 a.m. Registration)
Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone 703-920-3230

Register On-Line at https://enstg.com/Signup/passthru.cfm?RT123=DHS75176

For additional information:

Administrative Contact:
Donna Blanger, CMP
Phone 703-465-5717
Fax 703-525-3754

Technical Contact:
Matthew Barton
Phone 202-772-9745
Fax 202-772-9860