Earlier this month, experts from the Nuclear Threat Initiative addressed a host of nuclear security-related issues at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), a “nonprofit technical organization with worldwide membership of engineers, scientists, technicians, managers, policymakers, analysts, commercial vendors, educators, and students.” The INMM’s annual meetings always draw an impressive crowd of technical and policy experts to discuss the latest research, development, and analysis in the nuclear materials management space. The diversity of expertise allows for a packed week of presentations on topics ranging from facility operations and materials control and accountability to international safeguards, nonproliferation, and arms control.
As a sustaining member of INMM, NTI always sends a team to the annual meeting to learn, present, participate, and lead some of the discussions. This year, six NTI experts traveled to Palm Desert, CA to discuss or present on: state systems of accounting and control; advanced nuclear reactors; arms control and disarmament verification; and security of radioactive sources, both in the United States and internationally. These experts represented NTI’s Materials Risk Management program (Vice President, Senior Program Officer , and Program Officer ) and International Fuel Cycle Strategies program (Vice President , Senior Director , and me, Program Officer ). In addition to chairing a session on arms control verification and supporting my NTI colleagues during their presentations, I found myself bouncing in and out of fascinating sessions with policy discussions on management of spent nuclear fuel around the world, advanced reactor safeguards, comparisons between nuclear and aviation security, and safety and security cultures in nuclear facilities.