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NWRTC is a virtual resource center supporting regional resiliency by enabling homeland security solutions for emergency management and Federal, State, local, and private sector stakeholders in the Northwest.


NWRTC helps facilitate and accelerate homeland security solutions to stakeholders 
in the Northwest by:
  • Identifying, defining, and prioritizing homeland security requirements as they pertain
 to public safety and resiliency
  • Coordinating and leading regional efforts to link, and in turn, test and evaluate science and technology solutions with operational requirements
  • Working with Federal, State, and local officials and the private sector to develop integrated concepts of operations that support regional response
  • NWRTC in turn feeds information back to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for consideration in setting research agendas and planning
 programmatic activities.

Incorporating the Technology Life Cycle into 
Regional Efforts

NWRTC supports preparedness, response, and recovery in the Northwest through projects for regional partners encompassing Federal, State, and local agencies and private industry. PNNL takes science and technology advances into the field and an in-depth understanding of and respect for the requirements of Northwest stakeholders. Work spans the technology life cycle from understanding organizational needs to tailoring technologies, demonstrating solutions, developing concepts of operations, and evaluating the value of approaches to meet the unique challenges of the Northwest.

From Information Sharing to Radiological and
 Nuclear Detection

NWRTC has been involved in a multitude of projects across the Northwest. These projects are all funded by various Federal agencies and awarded to PNNL’s NWRTC because of its unique ability to bring together government and private sector officials in the Northwest to address pressing homeland security needs. The projects span such areas as understanding requirements, tailoring technologies, demonstrating strategies, developing concept of operations, and evaluating the value of technologies.

Some notable highlights include:
Virtual USA: This project aims to demonstrate the ability to seamlessly exchange data across four Northwest states (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) through a common information-sharing platform. The pilot builds on the shift away from proprietary, siloed systems toward standards-based, commodity-driven, open-architecture technologies.

Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration: This collaborative program is aimed at developing policies, methods, plans, and technologies to restore large urban areas, critical infrastructure, and military installations following the release of a biological agent.

Law Enforcement Information Framework: Using tools developed through the National Visualization and Analytics Center, NWRTC has worked with local law enforcement in the Northwest to capture data in the field or during an incident and to make it immediately available to first responders and the law enforcement community.

Preventive Radiological and Nuclear Detection Support to Washington State: This project supports the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office by working with Federal, State and local partners to enhance preventive radiological and nuclear detection capabilities in Washington State and the Seattle area. For more information, see
 http://nwrtc.pnl.gov

Point of ContactImage

Steve Stein, Director, Northwest Regional Technology Center,
 steve.stein at pnl.gov

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