International nuclear verification and monitoring experts from around the world came to Vienna, Austria March 12-23 to participate in the 50th Working Group B (WGB) session of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). This subsidiary body, tasked with advancing the CTBTO’s nuclear verification technical goals, is comprised of dedicated professionals from around the globe who are bound together by a mutual commitment to make the world a safer place. Chief among them is Dr. Bob Kemerait, Senior Scientist at the U.S. Air Force Technical Applications Center.
Dr. Kemerait has represented the United States at all fifty Working Group B sessions over the past twenty-one years since the Treaty opened for signature in 1996. Dr. Kemerait’s contributions have allowed the United States to support the buildup of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty’s International Monitoring System (IMS), which has accurately detected all of North Korea’s six nuclear test explosions.
CTBTO Executive Director Dr. Lassina Zerbo hosted a reception in Vienna to commemorate the WGB’s 50th session, while also honoring Dr. Kemerait’s illustrious career and the positive impact his contributions have had on the development of the CTBT’s verification regime.
U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna Charge d’Affaires Nicole Shampaine joined Dr. Zerbo in recognizing Dr. Kemerait’s commitment to excellence. She noted that, “from serving on the IMS Development Plan committee tasked with first building the IMS in 1997, to championing data authentication requirements still in use today, Dr. Kemerait’s long-standing devotion and commitment to nuclear test monitoring have helped make the IMS what it is today.”
She also expressed gratitude to Dr. Zerbo and his staff for their leadership, working hand-in-hand with our experts like Dr. Kemerait and other States Signatories, to advance the progress of the impressive IMS network designed to detect nuclear explosions on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater, and underground.