NUCLEAR SECURITY REPORT LAUNCH ON CAPITOL HILL
Thursday, July 26th – Partnership for a Secure America and the Arms Control Association launched an innovative, first of its kind report examining congressional activity on nuclear security at a private event on Capitol Hill. The report, Empowering Congress on Nuclear Security: Blueprints for a New Generation assesses current congressional staff attitudes about nuclear security and explores the role of Congress and case studies in congressional leadership on this issue. The report also offers action items for lawmakers in enhancing nuclear security efforts and reducing global stockpiles of nuclear materials.
Two former Administrators of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Ambassador Linton Brooks and General Frank Klotz offered keynote remarks to an audience of more than 75 congressional staff. General Klotz and Ambassador Brooks both spoke to the seriousness and urgency of nuclear security, as well as the need for vigilance among members of Congress and their staff, saying:
“With 50 new nuclear power plants under construction world wide and 20 countries interested in developing nuclear power for the first time, the potential for theft of nuclear material by proliferators and terrorists is an ever-present concern.”
“If we see a nuclear detonation in our lifetime, it will be either conflict between India and Pakistan – or an improvised weapon in the back of a Ryder truck.”
Ambassador Brooks noted that nuclear terrorism remains the most likely source of a nuclear detonation in an American city. Keynote remarks were followed by an expert panel featuring Kingston Reif, Director of Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association; Dr. Andrew Semmel, Chairman of PSA’s Board of Directors, and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins. Rachel Oswald, Foreign Policy Reporter for CQ/Roll Call served as moderator.