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NTI’s nuclear, biological, and science and technology-focused programs bring our priorities to life through projects that build global engagement, generate actionable solutions, and prompt catalytic action with the goal of fostering lasting, systemic change.

Materials Risk Management (MRM)

Nuclear materials and radioactive sources, whether used in weapons systems or for energy programs or medical treatments, are at risk of theft or sabotage by bad actors intent on committing an act of nuclear terrorism. Today, lack of political focus, patchy regulations, and inconsistent enforcement from country to country leaves these materials open to attack or malicious use.

NTI’s Materials Risk Management Program works to strengthen the global nuclear security architecture to reduce and protect vulnerable materials by convening leaders, developing actionable recommendations, and tracking progress on commitments to prevent the nightmare scenario of a nuclear bomb, dirty bomb, or radiological release from occurring.

 

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Current Projects

HEU Minimization

HEU Minimization

Minimizing the Use of HEU in Civil Applications

International IAEA LEU Bank

International IAEA LEU Bank

An international bank to supply nations with low-enriched uranium (LEU) to operate nuclear power reactors in case of supply disruption.

Preventing a Dirty Bomb

Preventing a Dirty Bomb

Engaging hospitals, industry and governments on radiological risks

Eliminating Highly Enriched Uranium in Kazakhstan
Past Project

Eliminating Highly Enriched Uranium in Kazakhstan

NTI joined with the government of Kazakhstan to eliminate more than a dozen nuclear bombs' worth of highly enriched uranium from a civilian nuclear power reactor

Last Best Chance
Past Project

Last Best Chance

A gripping docudrama aired on HBO about the threats posed by loosely secured nuclear weapons and materials around the world


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International Fuel Cycle Strategies (FC)

As part of the solution to climate change, more countries are considering nuclear power – but along with the benefits of peaceful uses of nuclear energy come significant challenges. Because of their dual-use nature, nuclear power programs can be used as a cover for weapons programs. They also can drive a buildup of fissile material inventories, the spread of uranium enrichment capabilities, and the accumulation of spent nuclear fuel.

NTI works with governments and organizations globally to develop practical solutions, including steps to adopt new approaches for monitoring and verification; creating regional partnerships to address proliferation risks while supporting a sustainable commercial fuel market; and developing ways to better manage the siting, storage, and disposal of spent fuel.

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Current Projects

Developing Spent Fuel Strategies

Developing Spent Fuel Strategies

To generate new solutions for spent fuel waste management and address broader fuel cycle concerns

Fuel Cycle of the Future

Fuel Cycle of the Future

Building a safer, more secure, and more proliferation-resistant nuclear fuel cycle


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Global Nuclear Policy Program (GNPP)

Amid increasing tensions among major nuclear powers, the proliferation of nuclear materials and technology, and regional instability, the risk that a nuclear weapon will be used – by accident, miscalculation or intention – is dangerously high and on the rise.

The Global Nuclear Policy Program (GNPP) focuses on reducing and ultimately eliminating that risk by developing and implementing practical, innovative approaches and encouraging and facilitating international cooperation. GNPP works with governments, partner organizations, and leaders around the world to develop policies, leadership, and the global capacity—human and institutional—to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their spread, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world.

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Current Projects

Global Nuclear Policy Partners

Global Nuclear Policy Partners

Developing institutional capacity and analysis to shape nuclear dialogue and policy in key regions throughout the world

Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI)
Past Project

Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI)

A high-level international commission with a unique goal to lay the intellectual foundation for an inclusive Euro-Atlantic security system for the twenty-first century

Safer World 2020
Past Project

Safer World 2020

Engaging U.S. voters about the urgency to reduce nuclear and other WMD threats

Securing the Bomb
Past Project

Securing the Bomb

A series of reports focused on progress in locking down vulnerable nuclear materials

Verification Pilot Project
International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) Site Visit Past Project

Verification Pilot Project

A collaborative effort to unite experts from around the world to explore new approaches to verification


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Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | BIO)

Biological threats – whether natural, accidental or deliberate — can kill millions, cost billions, and create political and economic instability in individual countries and around the world. The risks and consequences of a global catastrophic biological event can be magnified by weak global health security, increasing urbanization and travel, growing terrorist interest in weapons of mass destruction, and rapid advances in technology that enable newly developed or manipulated pathogens with pandemic potential.

To reduce these risks and strengthen biosecurity, NTI | bio works with governments, industry, academia, international organizations and NGOs to foster multilateral dialogue, identify weaknesses, and promote systemic change to improve biotechnology governance and national health security capacities.

 

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Current Projects

Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative

Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative

Advances in biotechnology outpace national governments’ ability to provide needed oversight to prevent accidents or deliberate misuse of dangerous biological agents.

Global Health Security Index

Global Health Security Index

The GHS Index highlights individual country needs, boost compliance with international standards, and create better understanding of global capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats.

NTI-WHO Global Emergency Outbreak Response Fund
Past Project

NTI-WHO Global Emergency Outbreak Response Fund

NTI helped the World Health Organization establish and build a fund to allow teams of epidemiologists to deploy immediately to investigate and respond to disease outbreaks around the globe.


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Scientific and Technical Affairs (STA)

The increasing use of digitization and automation in nuclear weapons systems bring benefits and new risks. The Scientific and Technical Affairs Program seeks to capture the opportunities new and emerging technologies afford while working to prevent and reduce the impact of their malevolent use.

With guidance from a high-level Science and Technology Advisory Group, the S&T program focuses on building a future in which new technologies and approaches—from monitoring technologies to artificial intelligence—will reduce nuclear proliferation risks, enhance future arms control agreements, improve cybersecurity of critical systems, and build transparency among nuclear weapons states.

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Addressing Cyber-Nuclear Security Threats

Addressing Cyber-Nuclear Security Threats

What if a hacker shut down the security system at a highly sensitive nuclear materials storage facility, giving access to terrorists seeking highly enriched uranium to make a bomb?

Cyber-Nuclear Forum

Cyber-Nuclear Forum

Building Global Cybersecurity Capacity at Nuclear Facilities

Detecting Proliferation Risks through Public Data

Detecting Proliferation Risks through Public Data

Open, increasingly digital data combined with tools for data analytics can supplement traditional nonproliferation efforts by detecting illicit proliferation

U.S.-Russia Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Dialogue

U.S.-Russia Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Dialogue

As cyber capabilities evolve and nuclear weapons systems become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, the risk increases that nuclear weapons will be used by accident or miscalculation.

Priorities for Cybersecurity at Nuclear Facilities
Past Project

Priorities for Cybersecurity at Nuclear Facilities

Overview of NTI's work to assess the impact of the cyber threat on nuclear security and to contribute to efforts to get ahead of the threat


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