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Cablegate: Doe-Mod December 4-7 Nuclear Security Discussions

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DOE PLEASE PASS TO NNSA ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR DEFENSE
NUCLEAR SECURITY WILLIAM DESMOND

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG TRGY KNNP UK
SUBJECT: DOE-MOD DECEMBER 4-7 NUCLEAR SECURITY DISCUSSIONS

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: A delegation of security experts
from the Department of Energy/National Nuclear
Security Administration (NNSA) visited counterparts at
HMG Ministry of Defense (MOD) and at the Atomic
Weapons Establishment (AWE) for discussions on nuclear
security matters. The AWE is a collection of
government-owned, contractor-operated facilities under
the jurisdiction of the MOD. The U.S. delegation also
participated as observers in Exercise Yellow Sun 2, a
two-day interagency security/emergency response
tabletop exercise involving a security incident and
terrorist attack at a facility at the Aldermaston AWE
site. END SUMMARY.

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PARTICIPANTS
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2. (U) U.S. delegation headed by William J. Desmond,
NNSA Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear
Security, visited counterparts in the UK December 4-7,
2006. Other members of the U.S. delegation included
Cheryl Stone, Deputy Associate Administrator; Gary
Wisdom, Assistant Manager for Security, NNSA Pantex
(Texas) Site Office; and William Gillison, Security
Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico).

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DOE, MOD, AND AWE MEETINGS
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3. (U) On December 4, the U.S. delegation met with
counterparts from HMG Ministry of Defense in London.
The UK officials included Robert Rooks, Director
General, Security and Safety, MOD; John Cochrane,
Director of Defense Security, MOD; Martin Gilbey,
Nuclear Counterterrorism Desk Officer, MOD; and David
Allard, Chief Superintendent, AWE Division, MOD
police. Embassy ESTOff also participated.

4. (U) Later, on December 4, the U.S. delegation was
provided a windshield orientation tour of security at
the Burghfield AWE Security Site by Peter Dennison,
AWE Corporate Security Director, and his staff.

5. (U) Desmond and Stone met with Dr. Don Cook,
Managing Director, AWE, on December 5. In addition,
the U.S. delegation was provided an AWE security and
program overview. A windshield orientation tour on
security at the Aldermaston AWE site was also
provided.

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SECURITY EXERCISE
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6. (U) On December 5, the U.S. delegation
participated in a dinner with senior officials prior
to the Yellow Sun 2 exercise. Participants included
Kevin Mitchell, Home Office Counterterrorism
Intelligence Directorate and Steve Love, Chief
Constable, Ministry of Defense Police (MDP).

7. (SBU) Exercise Yellow Sun 2 (Yellow Sun 1 was held
in November 2005), was held on December 6-7, at
Newbury Racecourse and Conference Center. Yellow Sun
series exercises are part of the "New Salesman"
exercises sponsored by the Home Office. Exercise
Yellow Sun 2 began as a routine antinuclear protest at
AWE, Aldermaston. Subsequently a concurrent
antinuclear protest was initiated at AWE Burghfield.
Later, demonstrations turned violent and they
developed into a nuclear terrorism scenario.

8. (SBU) DOE/NNSA COMMENT: The exercise was well
organized and professionally carried out. There were
approximately 150 participants representing a variety
of HMG Ministries and police agencies. Discussions
with Home Office counterterrorism officials indicated
an awareness of and participation in previous U.S.
exercises. END COMMENT.

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NEXT STEPS
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9. (SBU) Based upon the U.S. transition of NNSA site
protective forces from "law enforcement" to
"paramilitary" strategy and tactics, an invitation was
made by NNSA to MOD and MDP representatives for a
reciprocal U.S. visit. Proposed topics include:
protective force training, tactics and equipment;
design basis threat development and implementation, as
well as adversary capabilities, performance testing
programs; risk management and the potential for joint
training opportunities. No date has been established,
but will likely occur in the spring 2007.

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