Verification Pilot Project
Addressing verification challenges
The verification pilot project is a collaborative effort led by NTI to unite experts from U.S. government agencies and foreign governments to develop new approaches to verification, which will be necessary for future arms reductions.
NTI is continuing its forward-looking work in the field of verification, the process of determining whether parties to an agreement are in compliance with their obligations. Having recently published a book on the results of its groundbreaking study of difficult verification challenges entitled Cultivating Confidence: Verification, Monitoring, and Enforcement for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2010), NTI is partnering with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy and State, the U.S. national laboratories, and several other countries and organizations on a verification pilot project.
This core group has formed international technical working groups to develop new approaches to current verification challenges. The experts group is comprised of international verification experts from both nuclear and non-nuclear weapon states, as well as experts from related fields not normally associated with the verification of nuclear weapons and materials, to develop processes which are essential for the success of future arms control agreements.
The goals of the project are to build capacity for verification internationally in support of arms reduction goals, to build confidence between nuclear and non-nuclear weapon states, and to solve technical problems that could be barriers to advancing the political and diplomatic disarmament process.
the Nuclear Threat
Reducing the risk of nuclear use by terrorists and nation-states requires a broad set of complementary strategies targeted at reducing state reliance on nuclear weapons, stemming the demand for nuclear weapons and denying organizations or states access to the essential nuclear materials, technologies and know-how.