Chertoff Creates New Domestic Nuclear Detection Office

Nuclear-based threats will be focused on by new DHS office


Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday announced the creation of a Domestic Nuclear Detection Office as part of what he called the department's "increased focus on catastrophic event preparedness."

The office will be charged with developing and deploying the next generation of systems to intercept nuclear threats.

Chertoff also said the DHS will strengthen border security and improve the immigration system, as well as improve transportation security, including developing advanced explosive-detection and biotechnology equipment for identifying potential mass-transit threats.