March 17, 2014
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Contact: Jack Kimball
The Way Forward for Nuclear Security
The world's supply of weapons-usable nuclear material must be locked down to keep it out of the hands of terrorists.
Ahead of a key antiterrorism meeting this month, the Stanley Foundation produced a 13-minute video looking at what needs to be done to stop terrorist groups from acquiring enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb.
The Nuclear Security Summit process—started by President Barack Obama five years ago—must generate decisive action to improve global nuclear security. The threat of nuclear terrorism is too clear, present, and dangerous to ignore.
The Stanley Foundation talked to over a dozen diverse and distinguished experts from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group (NSGEG) and the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), drawing on their experience to see how today's patchwork of voluntary arrangements can be forged into a long-lasting system.
The Nuclear Security Summits have catalyzed global action to tackle weak links in the international system, but while progress at the first two meetings in 2010 and 2012 took steps toward a safer world, the opportunity to craft a legacy of a nuclear-terrorism-free world cannot be missed.
Today, nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear material remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe. The majority is under the control of militaries, but a significant amount of material is also used for civilian purposes.
A grapefruit-sized amount of plutonium or enough highly enriched uranium to fit into a five-pound sugar bag can be fashioned into a nuclear weapon.
The Stanley Foundation, along with the NSGEG and the FMWG, has been at the forefront of working to strengthen international nuclear security governance.
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