Nuclear Security

WMD, Nonproliferation, and Security

Nuclear Security

The spread of nuclear technology and materials for energy, research, and medical applications pose significant security concerns when coupled with current increases in global terrorism and extremism. The Stimson Center’s Nuclear Security program works with the private sector to generate ideas that incentivize the development and adoption of stronger, comprehensive nuclear security standards among industry stakeholders to reduce the risk posed by nuclear terrorism. This program is part of the Managing Across Boundaries initiative.
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Research and Analysis

July 2, 2017 | EXPERT: Debra Decker

While Iran and North Korea nuclear challenges capture the news, another nuclear front is unfolding – in nuclear energy.

April 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Lovely Umayam

As governments and industries try to understand the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats to civilian nuclear power plants, it is becoming clear that property and information are not the only assets at stake. Public confidence is also at risk.

April 24, 2017 | EXPERT: Kathryn Rauhut , EXPERT: Lovely Umayam

Cyber security is the next frontier for nuclear risk managers. Within a short span of time cyber attacks have evolved in sophistication and stealth, making it difficult to develop an effective and adaptive risk management approach.

April 21, 2017 | EXPERT: Debra Decker , EXPERT: Kathryn Rauhut

Nuclear industry supporters are eager to allay public fears about the potential for another severe nuclear incident like Fukushima. A major issue is the possibility of extensive damaging consequences and compensation for those losses, with cyber being a topmost concern.

December 12, 2016 | EXPERT: Debra Decker , EXPERT: Kathryn Rauhut

The long awaited Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM) entered into force on 8 May 2016.

November 5, 2016 | EXPERT: Lovely Umayam

The word ‘nuclear’ tends to unleash predictable, deeply conditioned visions and reactions – most commonly the image of the mushroom cloud – the universal symbol of catastrophic destruction.

September 12, 2016 | EXPERT: Debra Decker , EXPERT: Kathryn Rauhut

By Debra Decker and Kathryn Rauhut: The Attack
  Are nuclear facilities vulnerable to attack and sabotage? Perhaps more than you might think.

August 19, 2016

By Jeff Murphy and Chris Kruckenberg: 

June 8, 2016 | EXPERT: Debra Decker , EXPERT: Kathryn Rauhut

Paper Presented at the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Annual Meeting, June 2016, Atlanta, Georgia.

April 27, 2016 | EXPERT: Debra Decker

Thirty years ago, on April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded, contaminating vast swaths of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia as well as several European countries.

April 4, 2016 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman , EXPERT: Brian Finlay , EXPERT: Debra Decker , EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman , EXPERT: Laicie Heeley , EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze President Obama's nuclear legacy in light of the conclusion of the final 

April 4, 2016 | EXPERT: Debra Decker

The Heat interviewed the following guests about Nuclear Security Summit:

April 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Debra Decker

Debra Decker, Senior Advisor at The Stimson Center. She will be presenting at the Nuclear Security Summit today.

April 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Debra Decker

CCTV America’s Asieh Namdar interviewed Debra Decker, a senior advisor at The Stimson Center about the latest developments at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.  

March 24, 2016 | EXPERT: Debra Decker

The Belgian security services completed their background check in 2009 for a new inspector at the Doel nuclear power plant, about an hour’s drive from Brussels. Like other inspectors, 
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