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Nuclear Security, Department of Energy
The security of nuclear materials in the United States is assigned to the Office of Security in the Department of Energy (DOE), which protects facilities, personnel, and classified and sensitive materials from threats from criminals, dissidents, terrorists, and security breaches via foreign intelligence. The plants and laboratories managed by DOE are located throughout the United States, including facilities in Nevada, New Mexico, California, and Tennessee and the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Office of Security is divided into a number of areas, including identification of classified and controlled information; executive and dignitary protection; infrastructure security to protect critical assets, including nuclear materials; and an emergency management center located at the Forrestal Emergency Operations Center at the Washington, D.C., headquarters, from which analytical support is provided during all security-related incidents and all emergency management drills and practice exercises. The security policy staff is responsible for designing policies to protect the ...