Publications: Commentary

Building a Better Nuclear Security Coalition Post-COVID19

The devastating blow from the novel coronavirus has upended many assumptions about global safety, security and preparedness. That disruption opens the opportunity for rethinking how the international community should plan for the mounting transnational challenges of the future, including ensuring global nuclear security. A new report from the U.S. energy department is remarkably frank in…
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COVID-19 Lessons for Next-Gen Nuclear Governance

As the novel coronavirus rips across the global landscape, it would seem to have little connection to the governance regime required for the rapidly developing next generation of nuclear energy. But there are three essential connections – transparency, trust, and international cooperation. A predisposition for opacity and a weak bond of trust are at the…
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It Pays to be Prepared

In April 2018, I gave testimony to the now Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense that underscored the critical importance of the first sentence in its 2015 national blueprint report, “The United States is unprepared for biological threats.” That assessment has now proven to be prescient. The commission was not the first or the last expert group to make this assessment. But it…
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DoD Marches Forward with Micro Reactors

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) continues to advance a dual-track pincer movement designed to deploy small, land-based nuclear reactors to support its missions. If one or both of its approaches are successful, it will have a significant impact on the future of small modular and advanced reactors, potentially driving out doubts about the viability…
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