Testing Methodology

As the nation's storage facility for highly enriched uranium, Y‑12’s security posture and infrastructure incorporate all aspects of the security discipline. The management of such a large, complex program led to a disciplined approach to testing that is scientific in design and validated through statistical techniques.

Using engineers, statisticians and security professionals, each testing project follows a rigorous methodology to ensure that the test is conducted in an independent, unbiased, representative, reliable, repeatable and safe manner.

The Technology Applications Center can perform a variety of tests designed to determine:

  • probability of detection;
  • reliability, maintainability and availability;
  • technology performance characterization;
  • impact on stream of commerce, accelerated lifecycle, integration and operational impacts; and
  • susceptibility to defeat.