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James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy


The report highlights nuclear dangers by describing incidents in several countries – including the United States, Russia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sweden – that involve dangerous intrusions at nuclear facilities, worrisome corruption, or adversaries with capabilities that might overwhelm nuclear security systems. “The imperative for effective nuclear security will last as long as terrorists bent on mass destruction and nuclear weapons both exist,” said Matthew Bunn, one of the authors of the report. William Tobey, another of the authors, called on the leaders gathering in The Hague “to take difficult steps—to change standard operating procedures, close unneeded facilities, and spend money on sustaining security measures,” arguing that they would only do so if they were motivated by a clear understanding the of threat and the remaining nuclear security vulnerabilities.


Bunn, Matthew, Martin B. Malin, Nickolas Roth, and William H. Tobey. "Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Process and Setting New Goals." Report for Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, March 2014.