NEW ELLENTON — An agreement signed by the Department of Energy and the South Carolina Military Department signals a collaboration on defense training and cybersecurity at the Savannah River Site.
The memorandum of understanding – or MOU – was signed on Thursday at the Applied Research Center on Gateway Drive in New Ellenton. Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston and DOE Manager David Moody were the two signees of the document.
While no specifics have been discussed, Livingston said the early stages of the agreement will focus on river and urban terrain operations, land use for training purposes and cybersecurity.
“We would like to do conventional river operations and operations in urban terrain areas,” he said. “Also, we'll be cooperating in the use of live agent training. It will help our radiological teams to respond to outside threats or if something were to happen on one of the nuclear facilities in South Carolina.”
Livingston also said the military department is interested in exchanging ideas with SRS on its cybersecurity methods.
“Cyber threats are always facing us, and they often accompany other threats that may occur,” he said. “So we're able to develop exercises and exchange expertise to be prepared for that type of thing.”
Moody added that both agencies have emergency operation centers, cybersecurity expertise and other similar bodies. It makes sense to hard-wire resources to help the other, he said.
“We can blend our expertise together to meet several challenges we both face,” Moody added. “They would like more access to larger areas for training, and our 310 square miles provides a lot of area for that. So it's just a step that looks at the beneficial reuse of our resources.”