THE CHALLENGE

The global nuclear security enterprise is at a critical crossroads. While the worldwide use of nuclear and radioactive materials has grown, the issue of nuclear security has all but faded from the U.S. national conversation. As these materials become more widespread, they will be vulnerable to criminal and terrorist organizations without sufficient security efforts. While the threat grows more complex, U.S. funding, oversight, and international cooperation to secure nuclear and radiological materials has diminished.

Despite this risk nuclear security is not a high priority on Capitol Hill, and leadership is largely ceded to the executive branch where competing interests increasingly sideline this critical issue. Through this initiative, a joint effort by Partnership for a Secure America and the Arms Control Association, we seek to improve Capitol Hill’s understanding of and engagement with nuclear security, and to restore bipartisan congressional leadership on this critical issue.

THE REPORT

This report reveals a concerning diminution of congressional leadership and interest in critical efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism. While the threat grows more complex, U.S. funding, oversight, and international cooperation to secure nuclear and radiological materials has diminished. By analyzing historic bipartisan initiatives and current congressional staff attitudes on nuclear security, this report offers an important blueprint to revitalize U.S. leadership through Capitol  Hill. Providing recommended action items and effective strategies for engaging Congress, the report is a useful tool for both policymakers and educators.

FEATURED

On October 12th Partnership for a Secure America, the Arms Control Association, the Hudson Institute, and the National Nuclear Security Administration will host an interactive lunch event featuring former National Security Advisor General James Jones, and experts from the National Nuclear Security Administration. This will be the second event of the bipartisan Nuclear Security Forum series. This workshop will explore U.S. government capabilities for preventing, detecting, and responding to nuclear and radiological terrorism threats. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with NNSA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation and participate in live demonstrations of radiation detection equipment used in field operations.

GET INVOLVED

Preventing nuclear terrorism and improving global nuclear security is a struggle that requires constant vigilance. By contributing to Partnership for a Secure America you support our ongoing work in Congress and across Washington to build relationships across the aisle, and to forge thoughtful, common ground policy that promotes America’s national interests.

NEWS AND EVENTS

Nuclear Security
CCNY MacArthur Nuclear Security