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Supporting inspector training INL teamed with the National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA to create a new course aimed at strengthening the training of U.S. nationals who want to apply for International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA inspector positions. The intensive two-week course which was funded by NNSA and hosted by INL gave prospective U.S. candidates in-depth hands-on training with IAEA inspection equipment and procedures. Course participants complete more than two dozen hands-on modules and train to operate equipment used in IAEA inspections. INLs remote secure site left is a proving ground for grid and wireless research.The nuclear safeguards inspection course at INL below is taught by former IAEA experts who now work at the lab. Geomagnetic storm testing Last year INL completed an Electromagnetic Pulse test to determine the effects of currents a geomagnetic storm may induce on large electrical grid transformers and downstream electrical components. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency DTRA sponsored the test which included predictive modeling of the grid effects validated through test results. Dr. Mike Kuliasha Director of DTRAs Nuclear Technology Directorate visited the test site in July and affirmed the national significance of this testing to sustainable commercial grid operations and military mission accomplishment. Additional tests are planned in 2012 to take advantage of INLs electrical grid infrastructure. Securing the grid The Department of Energys Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence DOE-IN and INL hosted a two- day workshop in November 2011 on Protecting the Nations Power and Distribution System from Emerging Threats. It brought together more than 100 leaders from the government national laboratories and private sector to address threats to the nations power grid. 9