many who argue, however, that we are very far from achieving a reasonable level of security against threats posed by poorly secured nuclear materials, and that much more can and should be done to achieve universally high MPC&A standards. For that reason, the National Academies and the Russian Academy of Sciences jointly convened a workshop on September 24 and 25, 2003, on MPC&A practice. The workshop, held at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, provided an international forum for MPC&A professionals and other experts to exchange ideas and information with one another and with IAEA staff members. The goal was to expand the body of knowledge upon which attendees draw as they strive to make their own MPC&A systems as effective as possible.

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