Program Officer, Global Biological Policy and Programs
The ingredients for a radiological dirty bomb are located at thousands of sites in more than 100 countries, many of them poorly secured and vulnerable to theft.
In consultation with an international panel of expert advisors, NTI assessed progress that the 23 states have made in meeting their commitments in accordance with the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit Joint Statement on Enhancing Radiological Security.
The findings and recommendations of the NTI Radiological Security Progress Report will help raise awareness about the threat, develop a more effective system for securing radiological sources, and replace the use of dangerous isotopes, where feasible, for permanent threat reduction.
The NTI Radiological Security Progress Report reviews progress that the 23 states have made in meeting their commitments in accordance with the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) Joint Statement on Enhancing Radiological Security. Those commitments include a pledge to secure their Category 1 materials by the end of 2016 and to implement other commitments to improve radiological security.
Information for the report was primarily drawn from responses by the 23 states to an NTI questionnaire, 2014 NSS documents, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Code of Conduct Technical and Review Meetings, Nuclear Security Summit National Progress Report Statements, and other IAEA reports.
In developing the NTI Radiological Security Progress Report, NTI convened an international panel of advisors to review and provide input to validate the Radiological Security Progress Report methodology. This group of 12 highly respected nuclear and radiological security experts advised NTI on the framework for producing a radiological report, an agreed set of key performance indicators that were used to develop a self-assessment questionnaire, and the rating system. Input from the panel was instrumental in ensuring that the Radiological Security Progress Report has an international point of view and reflects the ongoing international discussion on radiological security priorities.
University of California San Francisco Campus (UCSF) Mission Bay Conference Center: Fisher Banquet Room
NTI is working with the State of California to devise strategies to secure and/or replace high-activity radiological sources that could build radioactive "dirty bombs."
CNS experts Ference Dalnoki-Veress and Miles Pomper use an interactive story map with the article to illustrate several global incidents involving cesium-137.
NTI's Andrew Bieniawski joins the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as a keynote speaker on radiological risks.
Novotel Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany
The workshop is a key component to continued progress in radiological security after the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit.
NTI's Radiological Security Progress Report finds that though the vulnerability of radiological sources has caused concern for years, the risk is growing today.