Kenneth N. Luongo

Articles by Kenneth N. Luongo

16 April 2012

A security system commensurate with the risk of nuclear terrorism

Kenneth C. BrillKenneth N. Luongo

A hot mic shouldn't overshadow a dirty bomb. The Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul ended recently with two dominant story lines: President Obama's "hot mic" comments to Russian President Medvedev and the 53 participating governments congratulating themselves on the summit's outcomes. Both miss the key strategic problem that the Seoul Summit did not address: the need to unify the current patchwork, largely voluntary approach to nuclear security that is not commensurate with the risk or consequences of nuclear terrorism.

8 April 2011

Preventing a nuclear terrorist version of Fukushima

Kenneth N. Luongo

In a rare accord reached on March 25, the European Union decided to conduct safety "stress tests" on all of its 143 nuclear reactors. Akin to earlier stress tests that evaluated whether major banks were robust enough to withstand adverse economic conditions in the aftermath of the global financial collapse, the nuclear safety stress tests will assess the ability of reactors to withstand events such as those that devastated Fukushima.

8 April 2011

Preventing a nuclear terrorist version of Fukushima

Kenneth N. Luongo

The nuclear safety "stress tests" planned for Europe should be expanded to include tests that evaluate the security of nuclear materials around the world.

25 June 2010

Right-Sizing the "Loose Nukes" Security Budget: Part 2

Kenneth N. Luongo

In Part 1 of this article, the recent and historical budgets for securing vulnerable nuclear materials around the globe were analyzed. Recommendations were also made for increasing the budgets for the key National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) programs, including the International Nuclear Material Protection Cooperation (INMPC) and Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) programs, in fiscal year (FY) 2010 and then through 2014.

25 May 2010

Right-Sizing the "Loose Nukes" Security Budget: Part 1

Kenneth N. Luongo

Highlighting the danger posed by nuclear terrorism and the need for an effective response, President Barack Obama came to office promising to "secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world within four years." The necessity of this goal is unquestioned. In fact, since 2004, at least four published official government reports have criticized the adequacy of the U.S. government's response to the threat of nuclear terrorism. The ability to achieve this objective, however, has been questioned.

10 November 2009

Confronting twenty-first-century nuclear security realities

Kenneth N. Luongo

In the past six months, President Barack Obama has taken three major steps to protect the world from nuclear terrorism and advance the disarmament agenda. First, during his April speech in Prague, he outlined his arms control and nonproliferation objectives and announced a U.S.-led international effort to secure all of the world's vulnerable nuclear materials within four years.