Victor Gilinsky

Articles by Victor Gilinsky

16 November 2017

Exporting power reactors: No way to fight proliferation

Victor GilinskyHenry Sokolski

Power programs based on the most common type of nuclear power plant, the light water reactor, give a country a large leg up on creating a nuclear weapons option if that is what it wants. As a result, more nuclear reactors in more countries increase proliferation risks. Whatever the advantages of this technology, nonproliferation is not one of them.

6 April 2017

Putting the nonproliferation back in the NPT

Victor GilinskyHenry Sokolski

The Non-Proliferation Treaty needs our help to sustain its principal function—barring the way to more nuclear weapons countries—because it has been getting watered it down.

29 January 2017

When 10,000 square miles of contamination is an acceptable risk: The NRC’s faulty concept

Victor Gilinsky

In making safety decisions, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses accident probability calculations that are much more optimistic than anything that nuclear manufacturers like General Electric and Westinghouse actually believe. The result is weak public protection. A good example is the NRC commissioners’ rejection in 2014 of a proposal to limit the possible severe consequences of spent fuel pool fires in nuclear power plants because the proposal’s cost, however modest, exceeded the value of the expected reduction in “risk.” 

4 January 2017
Europe/RussiaMiddle East

The real German submarine scandal

Victor Gilinsky

Israel is absorbed with a “submarine scandal” that centers on improprieties in the award of a billion-dollar contract under which Israel would acquire three new advanced German submarines. But the real scandal is that Germany supplies the submarines at all, and does so through a loophole in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Everyone who pays attention to the subject understands that the submarines are built to carry long-range Israeli cruise missiles armed with nuclear weapons.


16 November 2016

What if nuclear weapons are used?

Victor Gilinsky

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

26 February 2016

On tickling the dragon’s tail

Victor Gilinsky

The moral restraints that prevent Armageddon are flimsier than one might think, because humans have a self-destructive defect. They like to tickle the dragon's tail.

8 February 2016
Middle East

Israel’s sea-based nukes pose risks

Victor Gilinsky

Why it is time for the United States to openly discuss Israel's nuclear arsenal

5 November 2014

Yucca Mountain redux

Victor Gilinsky

The Republican takeover of the Senate will undoubtedly increase calls for reviving the proposed nuclear waste repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. But there is real reason to question the Energy Department’s pie-in-the-sky design for Yucca Mountain. 

17 April 2014
AmericasMiddle East

Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States?

Victor GilinskyRoger J. Mattson

Newly released documents on the NUMEC affair add significantly to evidence that Israel stole highly enriched uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant in the 1960s. President Obama should declassify the entire record on the theft.

6 December 2013
Middle East

The Iran interim agreement: An international precedent for nuclear rules

Victor GilinskyHenry Sokolski

Any agreement on the Iranian nuclear program will have global implications that should be considered now.