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's forward-looking Verification Pilot Project (VPP) is laying technical and policy groundwork for further arms reductions by the United States and Russia, as well as other countries.
The ability to verify that parties to a treaty are meeting their obligations is critical to any nuclear arms agreement, especially as the international community moves toward a world without nuclear weapons. To address technical and political barriers to future reductions, NTI has jumpstarted an international dialogue with more than 40 leading technical and policy experts from a dozen countries.
Through three working groups, these experts are focused on the “how” of working toward a world without nuclear weapons, addressing difficult questions, such as: How can the elimination of weapons be verified? How can we be confident that civilian nuclear materials remain in peaceful use? How can non-nuclear weapons states be involved in arms control verification? This initiative also explores innovative approaches, including “societal verification” or how to use non-traditional, public information—even Twitter—to tap broader participation in what has been seen as a purely governmental responsibility.
The Project's working groups are 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 new approaches which are essential for future progress.
Stemming from NTI's 2010 book entitled, Cultivating Confidence: Verification, Monitoring, and Enforcement for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, NTI is partnering with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy and State, the U.S. national laboratories, and several other countries and organizations to tackle these pressing verification questions.
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.