Engineering practical, innovative, and effective solutions to global security issues

Center for Strategic Security
The Center for Strategic Security (CSS) develops and implements practical approaches and technical solutions to address severe threats to national and global security. Such threats include weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-related terrorism by non-State or failed-State actors, insider threats, foreign acquisition of advanced U.S. weapons and technology, sophisticated cyber attacks, infectious disease, compromised critical materials, and supply-chain vulnerabilities, among others. CSS recognizes that strategic security requires ongoing actions to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate threats, prepare for attacks, and prevent harm.

Focus Areas


CSS staff helps implement and strengthen export and trade controls for strategic minerals, equipment, and technologies that are useful in the development of WMD. We analyze strategic trade to identify proliferation risks and advance approaches for targeting and intercepting such shipments. We support U.S. government participation in the international nonproliferation regime and interagency working groups by developing technical analyses and policy recommendations. We also assess proliferation risks and safeguards approaches for emerging nuclear, chemical, and biological technologies.

Capacity Building

The Center works in cooperation with U.S. and international partners to develop capabilities, deliver technical resources, and conduct training related to strategic trade controls, international safeguards, and radiological material security.

Secure Systems Laboratory

CSS experts conduct multi-disciplinary research and development for physical security devices, systems, and programs. Focus areas include anti-counterfeiting, tamper and intrusion detection, cargo security, nuclear safeguards, insider threats, and human factors associated with security.

Detection System Capability Assessments

Our experts analyze and test radiation detection systems, test instruments, validate results, and analyze data to support the identification of best-in-class technologies for the detection of potential nuclear and radiological threats.

Technology and Methods Development

The Center develops science- and engineering-based solutions to address critical needs. Current focus areas include medical isotope production methods, techniques for forensic analysis of biological materials, and the development and integration of strategic technologies to support nationwide emergency response operations and first-responder needs.

Information Systems Development, Operations and Security

Our staff designs, develops, operates, and maintains information technology systems for industrial security, nonproliferation, and radiological security. We deliver practical, customized information technology and cyber security solutions to meet strategic security needs and to protect both sensitive and classified data within physical, virtual, cloud, and mobile environments.