Jessica Bufford

Program Officer, Materials Risk Management

Jessica Bufford joined NTI in January 2019 as a program officer for the Materials Risk Management program. In this role, she works to support efforts to secure fissile material and radioactive sources around the world, strengthen nuclear security institutions such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and facilitate cooperation with China on nuclear security issues.

Prior to joining NTI, Bufford worked in the Division of Nuclear Security at the IAEA. While at the IAEA, she supported the universalization of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and its 2005 Amendment and preparations for the review of the CPPNM Amendment in 2021. She also facilitated coordination of nuclear security activities with other international organizations and initiatives. Bufford has also worked on materials management and minimization at the US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration, and worked previously at NTI as a Herbert J. Scoville Fellow. 

Bufford received a master’s degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies, with a certificate in conflict resolution, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Austin College.


Nuclear Materials Security Education Module

This module is designed to serve as a toolkit to support undergraduate or graduate courses in international relations, security studies, diplomacy, counter-terrorism, or nuclear sciences. It consists of lesson plans and additional resources, including a PowerPoint briefing.

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Radioactive Background

Preventing a Dirty Bomb

Cesium-137 is an isotope used medical equipment such as blood irradiators. However, it is also the most dangerous of all radioactive isotopes. If used in a dirty bomb, the highly dispersible powder would contaminate an area for years, costing billions of dollars in evacuation, demolition and clean-up. NTI works with hospitals, industry and governments to raise awareness about this threat and the availability of safe and effective alternative technologies to cesium-137 blood irradiators.