Working to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists
Preventing nuclear terrorism has been at the heart of NTI’s work since our founding. Early on, we supported field projects to secure vulnerable weapons-usable materials—plutonium and highly enriched uranium. For example, Project Vinca helped spur the creation of a U.S. government threat-reduction program that has invested more than $3 billion over the last decade to secure and remove at-risk nuclear materials from sites around the globe.
The good news is that the number of countries storing these dangerous materials has dropped from a high of 52 in 1992. The bad news is that increasingly well-organized and well-funded terrorist organizations—which now have easy access to the know-how needed to build a bomb— have declared their intent to seek the materials necessary for weapons of mass destruction.
Today, we work with governments to define, assess and improve nuclear materials security. A key effort: the biennial NTI Nuclear Security Index, a now-indispensible tool for governments.