Statement from Ernest J. Moniz, Co-Chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, on the Passing of Former Senator Richard Lugar

"Dick Lugar was an exceptional public servant who will be remembered for his leadership, his integrity, and his critical work to strengthen U.S. and global security.  He raised the level of discourse on foreign affairs in the U.S. Senate over several decades.

He was one of two senators responsible for the groundbreaking, visionary legislation that resulted in securing and dismantling thousands of weapons of mass destruction left vulnerable after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Sam Nunn, NTI’s co-founder and co-chair, was Dick’s partner—and Sam and I were honored to have Dick as an invaluable member of our Board of Directors and as a friend.

“His work to advance bipartisanship—from his own service and example and also through the Lugar Center’s Bipartisan Index—remains critically important, especially today.  I was honored to be with Dick last month at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and to once again benefit from his concise insights on national security issues.

“On behalf of the NTI Board and staff, we offer our sincere condolences to Char Lugar and the entire Lugar family.”

April 28, 2019
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Statement from Ernest J. Moniz on the Passing of NTI board member, Richard Lugar, April 28, 2019

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Ernest J. Moniz

Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NTI