In November, Dr. Craig Marianno and Dr. Jeremy Osborn from the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI), along with Fred Marcussen of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, travelled to Cape Town, South Africa to conduct a nuclear security workshop at ESKOM, the South African electricity utility that operates the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. Workshop participants included 26 members of the ESKOM workforce spanning all sectors from security personnel to corporate management.
“ESKOM attendees were enthusiastic about the training and were really involved,” said Marianno. “I could tell that the ESKOM upper management is promoting a strong inclusive security culture.”
Lectures and activities for the workshop were centered on nuclear security culture, insider threat mitigation, and nuclear security systems. The workshop concluded with a pathway analysis and insider threat tabletop exercise.
“At first, I was apprehensive about who signed me up for this. I was thinking of all the paperwork that would pile up on my desk,” remarked one of the participants. He noted, however, “It was worth it. I learned a lot during this workshop.”
The workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Treat Reduction (PNTR).