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Materials Risk Management (MRM)

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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.

Our work involves:

  • Facilitating nuclear security dialogues with officials and experts from Russia, China, the U.S., and global NGOs
  • Working with cities, hospital systems and others to replace the most dangerous types of radioactive material with safe and effective alternative technologies
  • Convening regional workshops to help prepare for the first-ever Review Conference  of the amended Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials

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

News & Analysis

Cooperative Risk Management and Reduction: A New Framework for Nuclear Materials Security

Paper

Cooperative Risk Management and Reduction: A New Framework for Nuclear Materials Security

This paper proposes Cooperative Risk Management and Reduction (CRMR) as a model for nuclear security engagement centered on the principle of continuous improvement and an enhanced emphasis on the critical roles played by culture, institutions, treaties, and norms for sustaining nuclear security excellence.


Tested by Crisis: Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy

Report

Tested by Crisis: Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy

Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a project of NTI, was successful in maintaining progress to advance gender equity during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report released today finds.




The NTI Nuclear Security Index

Index

The NTI Nuclear Security Index

Assesses countries’ progress on nuclear security, highlights security gaps, and recommends actions for governments to better protect nuclear materials and facilities and build an effective global nuclear security architecture.


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