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Title: Beyond Human Capital Development: Balanced Safeguards Workforce Metrics and the Next Generation Safeguards Workforce

Since its establishment in 2008, the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI) has achieved a number of objectives under its five pillars: concepts and approaches, policy development and outreach, international nuclear safeguards engagement, technology development, and human capital development (HCD). As a result of these efforts, safeguards has become much more visible as a critical U.S. national security interest across the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) complex. However, limited budgets have since created challenges in a number of areas. Arguably, one of the more serious challenges involves NGSI’s ability to integrate entry-level staff into safeguards projects. Laissez fair management of this issue across the complex can lead to wasteful project implementation and endanger NGSI’s long-term sustainability. The authors provide a quantitative analysis of this problem, focusing on the demographics of the current safeguards workforce and compounding pressures to operate cost-effectively, transfer knowledge to the next generation of safeguards professionals, and sustain NGSI safeguards investments.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1176827
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA--96860
Journal ID: ISSN 0893-6188; NN4009010; TRN: US1500026
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Nuclear Materials Management; Journal Volume: 42; Journal Issue: 2
Publisher:
Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; SAFEGUARDS; NON-PROLIFERATION POLICY; NATIONAL SECURITYTRAINING; IMPLEMENTATION; MANAGEMENT; SUSTAINABILITY NGSI; Workforce Metrics; Early-Career; Human Capital Development; Next Generation; ; SAFEGUARDS