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Domestic Nuclear Detection Office

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is a jointly staffed office established April 15, 2005 to improve the Nation’s capability to detect and report unauthorized attempts to import, possess, store, develop, or transport nuclear or radiological material for use against the Nation, and to further enhance this capability over time.

Strategic Objectives

  • Develop the global nuclear detection and reporting architecture
  • Develop, acquire, and support the domestic nuclear detection and reporting system
  • Fully characterize detector system performance before deployment
  • Establish situational awareness through information sharing and analysis
  • Establish operation protocols to ensure detection leads to effective response
  • Conduct a transformational research and development program
  • Establish the National Technical Nuclear Forensics Center to provide planning, integration, and improvements to USG nuclear forensics capabilities


The DNDO is led by Director Vayl Oxford with eight directorates responsible for addressing key mission areas while meeting the strategic objectives outlined in its founding Presidential Directive.

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Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
Attn: DNDO

This page was last reviewed/modified on August 5, 2008.