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W.S. Charlton and D.G. Ford, "A Course on the Design of Nuclear Security Systems," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 105, Washington, D.C., October 30–November 3, 2011


Significant enhancements have been made to the security systems at nuclear and radiological facilities. In order to maintain these security systems and to promote
additional security improvements, we must work to forward an enhanced security culture and promote the use of science and technology in security systems. Reaching that goal must include nuclear security technology as a component of the education system in order to provide a long-term continuous development of nuclear security as a discipline. 

Texas A&M University (TAMU) recognized the growing need for new human capital in the area of nuclear security several years ago. In order to help fill a part of that need, TAMU has worked to develop graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of nuclear security, nuclear safeguards, and nuclear nonproliferation [2-3]. TAMU recently developed and implemented a course on the design of security systems for nuclear and radiological facilities. The material for this course was developed in consultation with subject matter experts from U.S. national laboratories and private industry. This course was taught as a pilot course and will be implemented in the future as a regular course at TAMU. A general description of the course, course learning objectives, topics covered, and assignments used is given below.

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