Design-basis threat (DBT)

A description of the type, composition, and capabilities of an adversary, against which a security system is designed to protect. The NRC uses the DBT as a basis for designing safeguards systems to protect against acts of radiological sabotage and to prevent the theft of special nuclear material. Certain nuclear facility licensees are required to defend against the DBT.

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