Over the past two years, the Department of Homeland Security has been dismantling programs to prevent nuclear terrorism “without rigorous review of potential security vulnerabilities.” These changes undermine “government-wide efforts aimed at countering terrorist attacks involving unconventional weapons, known as WMD.” An LA Times report also found “Overall, more than 100 scientists and policy experts […]
Yuri Kokov, Russia’s Deputy Security Council Secretary, expressed concern over terrorist efforts to access WMD materials. In Ufa, Kokov highlighted “continued attempts to get access to data about the manufacturing of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons” by terrorist groups, focusing on terrorist tactics.
Japan’s nuclear regulator decided nuclear power plants must suspend operations if their new mandatory anti-terror facilities are not completed & have not passed inspections. “Operators of 13 reactors at seven nuclear power plants nationwide have said they will not be able to keep the deadlines, or that they do not know when they will be […]
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.”
The White House released “National Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism” which includes educational campaigns to increase citizen, State, and local preparedness for any .terrorist event. The document also highlights the need to reduce the “global quantity of WMD and related materials” while also identifying and responding “to technological trends that may enable […]