Nuclear Security
Nuclear Security

Nuclear Security

The Problems and the Road Ahead


71 Pages, 6 x 9

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Publication Date: September 2014

ISBN 9780817918057


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Concern about the threat posed by nuclear weapons has preoccupied the United States and presidents of the United States since the beginning of the nuclear era. Nuclear Security draws from papers presented at the 2013 meeting of the American Nuclear Society examining worldwide efforts to control nuclear weapons and ensure the safety of the nuclear enterprise of weapons and reactors against catastrophic accidents. The distinguished contributors, all known for their long-standing interest in getting better control of the threats posed by nuclear weapons and reactors, discuss what we can learn from past successes and failures and attempt to identify the key ingredients for a road ahead that can lead us toward a world free of nuclear weapons. The authors review historical efforts to deal with the challenge of nuclear weapons, with a focus on the momentous arms control negotiations between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. They offer specific recommendations for reducing risks that should be adopted by the nuclear enterprise, both military and civilian, in the United States and abroad. Since the risks posed by the nuclear enterprise are so high, they conclude, no reasonable effort should be spared to ensure safety and security.

Author Biography

George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a former U.S. secretary of state. He is the coauthor of Communicating with the World of Islam and Issues on My Mind and the coeditor of Ending Government Bailouts as We Know Them and Game Changers. He lives in San Francisco. Sidney D. Drell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor emeritus of theoretical physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University. He is the coauthor of Gravest Danger and New Terror. He lives in Palo Alto, California. Drell and Shultz previously collaborated on Deterrence, Implications of the Reykjavik Summit on Its Twentieth Anniversary, The Nuclear Enterprise, and Reykjavik Revisited. Henry A. Kissinger was national security advisor and the secretary of state under presidents Nixon and Ford and is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm. He is the author of World Order. He lives in San Francisco. Sam Nunn is the cochairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and a former U.S. senator from Georgia. He lives in Stanford, California.