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DHS experts La Fonda Sutton-Burke and Todd Pardue to discuss future of nuclear/radiological equipment at Ports of Entry during PSOCE Port Canaveral event in March

LaFonda Sutton-Burke

The future of radiological and nuclear detection equipment will be a topic of discussion at the 2015 Port Security Conference and Expo, which will take place on March 17-19 at Port Canaveral, FL. LaFonda Sutton-Burke, director of the Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Todd Pardue, Assistant Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be the presenters.

According to event provider MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the session is expected to explore challenges and opportunities associated with 100% compliance and the strategic implementation of necessary equipment, software and personnel, as well as the process for Ports and Terminal Operators to work with CBP and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office for facility expansion.

The presentation will be complimented by further insights into radiation monitoring of containers; “Getting Closer, Scanning Longer, a more efficient and economical approach to screening cargo for radiation and radioactive materials,” given by Bill Thieben of LAURUS Systems, Inc., a private, woman-owned small business concern. LAURUS Systems has been in business since June of 2001, providing sales and service of high quality radiation, chemical and explosive detection equipment to federal, state and local agencies, military installations, national labs and commercial manufacturing.

In addition to integrating NII efforts across both CBP divisions as well as DHS support components, LaFonda Sutton-Burke is responsible for developing requirements for technologies that enable CBP officers (CBPOs) and Border Patrol Agents to screen passenger and commercial traffic for the presence of contraband, terrorists and the implements of terror, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Director Sutton-Burke manages an operating budget of over $100 million and a vast inventory consisting of over 300 large-scale active imaging systems and 1,300 radiation portal monitors (RPCs) 5,000 small scale systems. 5,000 radiation isotope identification devices, and 13,000 personal radiation detectors for a total lifetime cost estimate valued at $3 billion. She actively engages in efforts to integrate and optimize CBP’s layered enforcement strategy with NII and Radiation Equipment (RDE). She is a leading advocate for increased mission integration and concept of operation efficiencies.

In his role as Assistant Director (Acting) of the Product Acquisition and Deployment Directorate (PADD) for the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), Todd Pardue oversees the execution of DNDO’s radiological and nuclear detection materiel solution acquisition portfolio and provides direct support to the DNDO Component Acquisition Executive (CAE) in the implementation, management and oversight pf the acquisition process and closely coordinates activities with Head Contracting Authority. Pardue is also the DNDO lead for Industry Engagement Outreach efforts. A member of DNDO since 2005, Pardue led successful teams that developed the DNDO Solution Development Process, which implements the Department’s Acquisition Management Directive, and the innovative Commercial First Approach. Further, he is responsible for PSS organizational business operations.


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