Senior Program Officer, Nuclear Materials Security

Nuclear Materials Security (NMS)

Expertise Dirty Bomb/Radiological, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Terrorism

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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.


Nuclear Materials Security Education Module

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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.


Preventing a Dirty Bomb
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Preventing a Dirty Bomb

Engaging hospitals, industry and governments on radiological risks

Developing Spent Fuel Strategies

Developing Spent Fuel Strategies

Generating new solutions for spent fuel waste management and addressing broader fuel cycle concerns

HEU Minimization

HEU Minimization

Minimizing the use of HEU in civil applications


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