NTI President Joan Rohlfing and terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, warned on Friday that increasingly capable terrorists around the globe are intent on acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction. They said much more needs to be done to properly secure vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials that could be used to build devastating bombs.
The pair spoke Friday at a Capitol Hill panel discussion hosted by the bi-partisan Congressional Nuclear Security Working Group. Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Pete Visclosky (D-IN), and Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), all members of the group, spoke about the need for greater understanding of nuclear threats. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., also attended the discussion, which drew a standing room-only crowd of Hill staffers and nuclear security experts.