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Nuclear terrorism: US officials say it’s best to plan for the worst

Although terrorists who acquire a nuclear device would have many options beyond its outright detonation, the US strategy is to cut off all options by denying them nuclear material and technology in the first place.

Nuclear terrorism: An old worry made new

Decades before Sochi, the Bulletin had concern that terrorists might obtain nuclear material. 

Nuclear terrorism’s fatal assumptions

In a casual, often-irreverent tone, journalist William Langewiesche walked readers of the December 2006 issue of The Atlantic through the possibilities and hurdles associated with procuring the required material for a nuclear weapon, transporting it to a safe place, and assembling the bomb. With no ambitions to provide solutions to these questions, his article was a pretext to draw attention to the successes and failures of U.S.

Nuclear terrorism: The new day after

It's irrational to think that human beings would behave rationally in the hours and days after a nuclear terrorist attack.

Nuclear terrorism: Correcting the future

If we lose Washington, we better get our story straight. Otherwise, history will rewrite itself.

Congress’s nuclear terrorism shortfall

The US National Security Strategy, released by the White House in May 2010, states that "there is no greater threat to the American people than weapons of mass destruction, particularly the danger posed by the pursuit of nuclear weapons by violent extremists and their proliferation to additional states." This is why the Obama administration is in the midst of an international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years. Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced support for limiting access to vulnerable nuclear materials to prevent nuclear terrorism.

Preventing nuclear terrorism

The television drama 24 is currently portraying one of the most frightening and dangerous terrorist scenarios possible--an anti-American terrorist group with radioactive fissile materials intent on detonating a "dirty bomb" in New York City to render it uninhabitable for decades to come. Jack Bauer, the show's intrepid hero, is trying to track down the terrorists and capture the fissile materials before the terrorists have a chance to blow them up. Although television dramas often engage in hyperbole, the basic theme of this terrorist scenario is very real.
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What does “nuclear terrorism” really mean?

An act of nuclear terrorism could involve detonating an atomic weapon, lacing conventional explosives with radioactive material, or attacking a power plant. Each would have different results.

After bin Laden: Nuclear terrorism still a top threat

Osama bin Laden's death may represent a significant turning point in the US effort to defeat Al Qaeda, but the threat of nuclear terrorism will not lessen in the wake of his demise. Such threats, however, are preventable, and the United States must now take care to sustain the nonproliferation and threat reduction programs that will help stop terrorists from obtaining nuclear materials.

Preparing the country for nuclear terrorism

The presidential candidates must do more than accept the possibility of a terrorist attack with an improvised nuclear device. They need to plan an effective response that reduces the mass morbidity and mortality such an attack inevitably will cause.

How Beijing can help prevent nuclear terrorism

China’s nuclear establishment needs a cultural shift.

Deproliferation: An approach to preventing nuclear terrorism

Earlier this year, four senior statesmen--former secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former Defense Secretary William Perry, and former Georgia Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn, all veterans of the Cold War--issued a statement in the Wall Street Journal calling for complete nuclear disarmament. It's an attractive vision, but an idea with little political reality.

William J. Perry on nuclear war and nuclear terrorism

Remarks of former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry made at the Bulletin's 70th anniversary Doomsday Clock Symposium in November 2015, in Chicago
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A threat to confront: far-right extremists and nuclear terrorism

The far-right extremist nuclear terrorism threat is amplified today by an ideology focused on accelerating the collapse of society and a documented interest in pursuing nuclear terrorism. Officials need to act decisively to better understand and mitigate this threat.
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Why countries still must prioritize action to curb nuclear terrorism

When a Superman-shaped drone crashed into a French nuclear plant on July 3 officials were lucky it was just Greenpeace demonstrating vulnerabilities at the facility, and not a terrorist group intent on attacking the site.

A security system commensurate with the risk of nuclear terrorism

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.

New online course from The William J. Perry Project: The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

  Announcing a new free online course from The William J. Perry Project: The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism. In this custom-designed MOOC, former Secretary of Defense William Perry brings together internationally-renowned experts, scientists, political activists and scholars to address the critical, and often poorly understood, dangers of nuclear terrorism. This new course launches October 17th—you … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 2/8/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. Iran Nuclear Deal Donald Trump’s stance on Iran nuclear deal could mean trouble ahead United States Monroe: Trump should undo Obama’s disastrous nuclear policies Alexander Gillespie: Nuclear winter just a GOP-skipping Trump away International How to really deal with the North … Continued

What if nuclear weapons are used?

The world relies too much on the indefinite continuation of the post-1945 taboo on military use of nuclear weapons.

A complex nuclear situation, in a complicated world

The text of an address given at the Asahi Shimbun Symposium in Nagasaki, Japan, late in July.