Get Ready for School with NTI’s Resources on Nuclear and Biological Security – and a New Mobile Game!

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Whether you’re starting the 2020-21 school year off at home or in the classroom, NTI’s EDUCATION CENTER and our LEARN collection can help fill out lesson plans and refresh your knowledge on issues related to nuclear and biological threats. You’ll find teaching tools to incorporate into virtual and interactive learning, such as the 2020 NTI Nuclear Security Index, which allows you to interact with unique visualizations to compare and assesses countries’ progress on nuclear security. Similarly, you can use our collection of interactive Missile Test Databases and Maps, developed by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), to track missile tests in North Korea, Iran, India, and Pakistan.

To learn more about the very real risk of nuclear weapons use, presidential authority over nuclear weapons, and the need for action and diplomacy to reduce risks and tensions between the United States and Russia, try NTI’s new mobile game Hair Trigger. The game combines strategy and speed as the player, acting as the U.S. president, works with Russia to take nuclear weapons off dangerous hair-trigger status before a catastrophic nuclear launch. With narration by Emmy Award-winning actor Harry Hamlin, the engaging game teaches players about the dangers of hair-trigger status in part through real-life close calls. It’s a great way to engage students about nuclear security. Here’s what one reviewer on Twitter had to say: “So I ended up blowing the world up, but I LOVED playing this game. With a touch of horrifyingly real events mixed into an interactive choose-your-own-adventure, #HairTriggerGame is a brilliant way to educate and entertain.”

Additional new educational content and teaching tools from our partners at CNS include articles on:

  • How analysts used new open source tools to investigate a Middle East missile exercise
  • How orphan radioactive sources were tracked through social media and satellite images
  • U.S.-Chinese cooperation on nuclear reactors, including a 3D model of one and information on how it can be made proliferation-resistant
  • U.S.-Russian arms control, including a 3D model of a dismantled nuclear bomb and an augmented reality feature that allows readers to place it in their own home!

COVID-19 and Biosecurity

Are you a student or researcher tracking issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic? Visit the COVID-Local website, which features a guide for local decision-makers on reducing the impact of the pandemic, and explore COVID-Amp, a policy database and map that illustrates polices and plans that have been implemented in the U.S. and around the world. The tool tracks the impact that these policies have had on communities and shows what could have happened without them.

For a deeper dive into health security, explore the the Global Health Security (GHS) Index. Developed with partners and released just months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the GHS Index is the first comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across 195 countries. The Index uses six categories to organize data: prevention, detection and reporting, rapid response, health system, compliance with international norms, and risk environment. Students can download scores and profiles for each country, use a score simulator to adjust scores and see the impact on a country’s ranking, download the data model, and much more.

This Back-to-School initiative is part of NTI’s public education mission, aimed at providing professors, students, researchers, and other audiences the need-to-know facts about WMD-related threats. If you teach or study issues related to our work, sign up below to keep updated on what we have to offer.

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