ABSTRACT

Nuclear Nonproliferation: Concerns With DOE's Efforts to Reduce the Risks Posed by Russia's Unemployed Weapons Scientists   [open pdf - 1MB]

The risk that unemployed weapons scientists in the former Soviet Union will sell sensitive information to countries or terrorist groups trying to develop weapons of mass destruction poses a national security threat to the United States. To reduce this threat, the Initiatives for Proliferation Program was established in 1994 to engage scientists in the former Soviet Union in peaceful commercial activities. In late 1998, the administrative launched a new complementary program -- the Nuclear Cities Initiative -- to create jobs for displaced weapons scientists in the 10 cities that form the core of Russia's nuclear weapons complex. This report reviews (1) the costs to implement the Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention program for fiscal years 1994-98, including the amount of money received by weapons scientists and institutes; (2) the extent to which the program's projects are meeting their nonproliferation and commercialization objectives; and (3) the Department of Energy's Nuclear Cities Initiative.

Report Number:
GAO/RCED-99-54
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Date:
1999-02-19
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office (GAO): http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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