Preventing a Dirty Bomb

Alternative Technologies to Radioactive Sources

  • 10am - 11:30am
  • Virtual


As various threats continue to emerge and evolve around the globe, it is vital to remember how clear and present the danger a radioactive contamination from a “dirty bomb” remains.

On October 13, 2021 at 10:00am ET the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) hosted a virtual panel with experts from the National Academy of Sciences, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Government of Switzerland.

Over the course of an hour and a half, they discussed what actions we can take to prevent a dirty bomb, what we can learn from real world accidents about the consequences of a radioactive material release, and how NGOs and government can effectively partner to address these issues. We will then open it open for audience Q&A.

A recording of the event is above and linked here.


Jeff Barons

Senior Analyst, Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Nicholas Butler

Deputy Director of the Office of Radiological Security, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Thomas Flury

Manager of Radiological Security, Department of Home Affairs, Switzerland

Charles D. Ferguson

Ph.D., Board Director of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

Dr. Ourania (Rania) Kosti

Senior Program Officer, National Academies’ Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board


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