Tagged: nuclear

DoD DSB Report: Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies

The DoD Defense Science Board (DSB) released this month a new report entitled, “Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies.” The report, created by the DSB Task Force on the Assessment of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring and Verification Technologies, remarks on the growing importance of “persistent surveillance” of global nuclear proliferation...

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...

Iran Nuclear Deal: An Effective First Step?

In the wake of the nuclear deal made with Iran this past week, what’s left seems to be a debate over whether or not this deal is an effective first step towards a permanent long-term agreement.    The negotiations over the weekend, which included Iran and the P5+1, ultimately culminated...

Major Cities Could Benefit from Federal Guidance on Nuclear Terrorism Response Plans

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims that major cities in the United States could benefit from federal guidance on implementing nuclear terrorism response plans. Major cities are assumed to be the main targets of nuclear or radiological attacks, and a successful RDD (radiological dispersal device) or...

New HSDL Featured Topic: Nuclear Weapons

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is proud to announce the addition of a new Featured Topic: Nuclear Weapons. The topic is meant to provide users with significant resources on issues related to nuclear weapons, including, but not limited to, nuclear energy, securing fissile material, nuclear strategy, nonproliferation, nuclear waste...

Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack

"Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack: Re-assessing the Current 'Design Basis Threat' Approach" The Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project of the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin has released a working paper entitled, "Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack: Re-assessing the Current...

New Report Offers a Long-Term Strategy on Iran

On Thursday, April 4th, the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force published a new report titled, “Time to Move from Tactics to Strategy on Iran.” The report reflects a two year research project on a wide range of issues related to Iran. “It calls for retooling sanctions to alleviate their impact...

Anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident

On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and was given a rating of 5 out of 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale....

Still Picking Up the Pieces: The Two Year Anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Today is the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster that occurred in northeast Japan following a magnitude-9 earthquake on March 11, 2011. The earthquake, which developed on the ocean floor just off the coast of the country, generated a large tsunami which struck the power plant...

Nuclear Power Plant Safety in the U.S. a “Near-Miss”

The new report “The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2012 Report: Tolerating the Intolerable” from the Union of Concerned Scientist is the third annual review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) implementation of safety policies in the U.S. nuclear power industry. “According to the report, the NRC’s lax oversight...