The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

State of Global Nuclear Security: the 2014 Nuclear Threat Initiative Index

"Today, nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe—some of it poorly secured. We know that to get the materials needed to build a bomb, terrorists will not necessarily go where there is the most material; they will go where the material is most vulnerable. We also know that nation–states no longer have a monopoly on the knowledge and ability to build and use nuclear bombs, so the path to a terrorist bomb is not hard to imagine.

The 2014 Nuclear Threat Initiative Nuclear Materials Security Index is the second edition of a unique public assessment of nuclear materials security conditions around the world. Developed with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the NTI Index was created to assess the security of nuclear materials around the world and to encourage governments to take actions and provide assurances about the security of the world’s deadliest materials.

The NTI Index assesses the contributions of 25 states with one kilogram or more of weapons-usable nuclear materials toward improved global nuclear materials security conditions. It assesses states in five categories: (a) Quantities and Sites, (b) Security and Control Measures, (c) Global Norms, (d) Domestic Commitments and Capacity, and (e) Risk Environment. An additional 151 states, with less than one kilogram of weapons-usable nuclear materials or none at all, are assessed on the final three of the categories."

The NTI Index is presented in three ways:

  1. The NTI website with complete results
  2. The print report, which contains NTI observations and recommendations, a complete discussion of the EIU methodology, selected data, and country profiles
  3. A downloadable version of the 2014 NTI Index, which provides detailed results and data, as well as interactive features in an Excel format.

Find more information regarding nuclear materials security by visiting the HSDL featured topic page, nuclear weapons, and in the article, "Future World of Illicit Nuclear Trade: Mitigating the Threat", a July 2013 article from the Institute for Science and International Security. Note: subscription to HSDL may be required to access certain documents.