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.
Jessica Bufford serves as a senior program officer for NTI’s Nuclear Material Security team. In this role, she leads efforts to facilitate cooperation with China on nuclear security issues and promote nuclear security in peaceful applications of nuclear technologies, particularly advanced reactor designs. She also supports support efforts to increase global action on nuclear security through the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security and on disarmament verification through the International Partnership on Disarmament Verification.
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.
Improving verification to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation
Engaging hospitals, industry and governments on radiological risks
Generating new solutions for spent fuel waste management and addressing broader fuel cycle concerns
Minimizing the use of HEU in civil applications
Strengthening the global nuclear security system
Engaging a diverse group of states to develop innovative monitoring and verification solutions