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Nuclear detectors in the USA, a $4 billion rip off just before the Fukushima disaster – information courtesy of Stratfor

“We are mindful of getting something delivered that has a credible basis for the implementation plan that follows,” Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute told the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs committee

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Nuclear detectors a $4 billion bust, GAO says

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Email-ID 1575221
Date 2010-09-16 16:23:18

Nuclear detectors a $4 billion bust, GAO says
By Jeff Stein September 16, 2010; 5:05 AM ET

The Department of Homeland Security spent billions of dollars on machines to intercept nuclear terrorists that were too big for border inspection lanes, the Government Accountabiity Office reported Wednesday.

Why? Because during the first year or more of the program,the auditors said, the two DHS units involved — the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and Customs and Border Protection — had few discussions about operating requirements at ports of entry.

officials said they made it clear to DNDO, the report= said, that they did not want the [nuclear detecting] machines because they would not fit in primary inspections lanes and would slow down the flow of commerce through these lanes and cause significant delays.

Software for the Cargo Advanced Automated Radiography Systems, CAARS, as they are called, also was not up to snuff, the GAO said. Or as the
auditors put it, key part of the machine needed to identify
shielded nuclear materials automatically  did not mature at a
rapid enough = pace to warrant acquisition and deployment.

Moreover, DHS budget proposals also hide the actual status of the
program, the GAO said.

For example, the fiscal years 2010 and 2011 DHS budget
justifications both cited that an ongoing CAARS testing campaign would lead to a cost-benefit analysis,” the report said. “However, DNDO officials told GAO that when they cancelled the acquisition part of the program in 2007, they also decided not to conduct any associated cost benefit analysis.

The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee, Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine,
slammed the department for not having a strategic plan to develop
critical technology that could prevent a nuclear terrorist attack on the
U.S., the Associated Press reported.

“We’re not happy or satisfied with progress on the whole nuclear detection
architecture,” Lieberman said.

DHS nuclear detection program has been troubled for years,
having spent more than $4 billion since 2003 with nothing to show for it.

DHS said it’s working on it.

“We are mindful of getting something delivered that has a credible basis
for the implementation plan that follows,” Homeland Security Deputy
Secretary Jane Holl Lute told the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs committee, the AP reported.

Sean Noonan

Tactical Analyst

Strategic Forecasting, Inc.

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