Our new Senior Science Fellow Dr. Phil Coyle has a new article in the World Politics Review on U.S. nuclear test detection capabilities and why its important to sustain and improve them with our without the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Here’s an excerpt:
The CTBT is not the only compelling reason for the U.S. to devote the necessary resources to nuclear test monitoring around the world, notwithstanding the constraints of “sequestration” or tight budgets generally. The nuclear test detection capabilities described by the NRC are indispensible with or without a CTBT. Given the world’s justifiable concern about Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, for example, the U.S. should be sure that it maintains the ability to detect a surprise nuclear test by Tehran.
Read the whole thing here (sadly subscription only).