Avoiding the Detection of Nuclear Tests

It’s highly unlikely the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) will ever actually be enacted into force. If it should, though, you can rest assured that we will not be caught with our (proverbial) pants down, thanks to nifty government publications like Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Indicators (956KB PDF).

Produced earlier this year by DTIRP, the Defense Treaty Inspection Readiness Program, the pamphlet helps promote awareness among personnel potentially affected by future implementation of the CTBT. In theory, anyway. What it actually does is provide possible and potential indicators of the presence of nuclear tests – signs that could lead, under the CTBT, to an international inspection of a suspicious site. Think if it, basically, as a “cheat sheet” on how not to attract unwanted attention to your facility:

At facilities where activities are conducted that produce emanations, or other data resembling a nuclear explosion, facility commanders and security officers could be required to participate in consultations, clarifications, or on-site inspections to resolve a compliance concern under the CTBT. This pamphlet is designed to assist facility staff and treaty implementers with identifying and protecting higher-risk facilities. It provides an overview of a number of factors that could serve as signs or “indicators� of nuclear explosive testing that could increase a facility’s susceptibility to an on-site inspection under the CTBT.

That we should even have to make such a thing seems rather sad and pathetic to me. Do we really have something to hide, or are we just gaming the system for the heck of it? Worse yet are some of the pieces of advise, like “Underground nuclear explosions may also disorient or agitate wildlife”. Ya think?

Overall idiocy aside, the sixteen-page booklet makes an interesting read, if you have any curiosity as to just what are potential indicators of nuclear tests.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on June 6th, 2007| Comments Off on Avoiding the Detection of Nuclear Tests

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