The NTI Nuclear Security Index website is currently down for ongoing maintenance. In the meantime a downloadable version of the report is available here.
The NTI Nuclear Security Index is a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking project of nuclear materials security conditions on a country-by-country basis in 176 countries. Initially launched in 2012, the NTI Index, prepared with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), helped spark international discussions about priorities required to strengthen security and most important, is encouraging governments to provide assurances and take actions to reduce risks.
On January 14, 2016, the third edition of the NTI Index was released.
The project draws on NTI’s nuclear expertise and the EIU’s experience in constructing indices, and the reach of the EIU's global network analysts and contributors. NTI—working with an international panel of nuclear security experts and a number of technical advisors—focused on the framework and priorities that define effective nuclear materials security conditions. The EIU was responsible for developing the Excel-based model and gathering the data.
The NTI Index assesses nuclear materials security conditions in 24 countries with one kilogram or more of weapons-usable nuclear materials across a broad framework capturing, actions, and other conditions that shape their nuclear security. An additional 152 countries with less than one kilogram of weapons-usable nuclear materials or none at all are assessed across a subset of the framework. This "theft ranking" was included in the 2012 and 2014 editions of the NTI Index.
For the first time, the 2016 NTI Index also looks at a third set of countries in a new "sabotage ranking." An act of sabotage against a nuclear facility could result in a significant radiological release with consequences on the same or larger scale as the accident at Fukushima, Japan. This assessment reviews the nuclear security conditions of 45 states with respect to the protection of nuclear facilities against sabotage.
The print report with NTI findings and recommendations, a complete discussion of the EIU methodology, and selected data.
A web site at www.ntiindex.org with high-level results in an easily accessible format, including all country summaries.
A downloadable version of the NTI Index, available through the website, with complete results and data and extended interactive features, in an Excel format.
This project is co-led by Page Stoutland, vice president, nuclear materials program and Samantha Pitts-Kiefer, senior program officer. NTI thanks the funders who have supported this project, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.