On 30 October, 2013, the program “Second Line of Defense” (SLD) of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) celebrated yet another achievement in Ukraine. At the Kiev International Airport (Zhuliany), which is the second busiest airport by passenger traffic in Ukraine, in the framework of the program “Second Line of Defense” (SLD), the radiation portal monitor was installed. The representatives of the National Nuclear Security Administration, the U.S. Embassy, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, and the Airport Administration gathered together at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of new equipment.
The ceremony, which took place in the new Kiev International Airport Terminal A building, was attended by the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Ukraine, Bruce Donahue, the First Deputy Director of the International Legal Department of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Administration, General Vladimir Karas, Country Manager of the program “Second Line of Defense” (SLD) of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Andrew Wogt, U.S. Department of Energy staff and many others.
General Karas and Bruce Donahue gave speeches complimenting NNSA on more than 50 successful installations of SLD equipment at the border crossing points, the latest of which was the installation of the system of radiation portal monitors at the Zhuliany Airport. DCM Bruce Donahue also pointed out that the SLD program was responsible for equipping regional training centers in Ukraine. DCM Donahue and General Karas cut the ribbon surrounding the radiation portal monitors of the terminal. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine then demonstrated the operation of the system when the first “traveler” crossed the threshold of the airport with a radiological source in his bag. While lights flashed and alarms blared, the border guards detained the actor and demonstrated the effectiveness of both monitors and hand-held devices.
This ribbon-cutting event served to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Cooperative Threat Reduction program in Ukraine, signed on October 23, 1993. The SLD program has been implemented under the CTR Umbrella Agreement since 2005. During the event, DCM Bruce Donahue recognized the most recent accomplishments in the cooperative effort in combating the threat of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism and congratulated everyone on the success of this challenging task. The representative of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine presented the U.S. personnel and Airport Administration with plaques honoring their contributions to the success of border security in Ukraine.