Before the Day After: Using Pre-Detonation Nuclear Forensics to Improve Fissile Material Security

By Daniel H. Chivers, Bethany F. Lyles Goldblum, Brett H. Isselhardt, and Jonathan S. Snider

The next U.S. administration will face many daunting challenges, but none of these are likely to be as pressing as combating the threat posed by nuclear terrorism. Twelve years ago, experts identified “nuclear leakage”—the sale, theft, and diversion of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable fissile materials—as the highest priority in U.S. nonproliferation policy.

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1 comment:

Alex DeVolpi said...

If it helps any to have a reader's encouragement, you have mine, as well as sympathy for a cause that precedes Allison's welcome but overstated alarm.

Unfortunately the Department of Energy allowed its 1990s "Second Line of Defense" program against nuclear smuggling to be compromised by the U.S. nuclear-weapons labs.

My documentary blog, "Nuclear Shadowboxing: The Blog,"

http://www.nuclearshadowboxing.blogspot.com/

contains direct and indirect information related to earlier historical and technical efforts to gain U.S. investment into nuclear forensics, as well as the more comprehensive program context.