According to FMWG Chair Miles Pomper and Ferenc DV from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) voluntary Cesium Irradiator Replacement Project “has replaced 50 CsCl blood irradiation devices as of March 2019” and has commitments for 79 more replacements over the next several years. The program’s continued growth […]
George Moore in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist highlights the dangers of dirty bomb technical inaccuracies in Hollywood: “If a terrorist group really did use a cesium dirty bomb, the public might take the wrong lessons from ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.’ That could lead to undue panic and injury.”
As part of CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) FMWG program assistant Erin Connolly highlights the need to continue replacing cesium-137 with viable alternatives both nationally and internationally to prevent a dirty bomb. Her paper focuses on the efforts to replace cesium-137 blood irradiators thus far and how these efforts must continue and expand.
One year after the plutonium disk and cesium source went missing from San Antonio, the government remains quiet and experts raise concerns regarding the system in place for nuclear material accounting. FMWG Chair Miles Pomper explains the political difficulties of creating an effective system for military-related materials, while Dr. Charles Ferguson highlights the lack of […]